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2022-11-22 21:49
I’ve read a few books about Rorke’s Drift and this is one I will be keeping in my library. The book covers aspects of the battle not previously covered in anything else I’v… Read More
2022-11-16 14:56
This is a book mainly set in The Balkans in the middle of World War II. Three Yugoslavs set out from Rome to warn The Partisans about the German battle plan that will soon be launched agains… Read More
2022-11-10 17:01
This is Julian Barnes’s first book and it’s in three parts. The first and third sections are set in Metroland – a strip of suburbia in outer London – in 1963 and 1… Read More
2022-11-02 14:46
I really do appreciate the Blandings Castle books of PG Wodehouse. The characters are larger than life and magnificent in their individual traits. Here both of the pigs vying for the S… Read More
2022-10-26 21:16
This is number 6 in the ‘Great Journeys’ series by Penguin. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu travelled to Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1716 with her husband who had been appointe… Read More
2022-10-20 13:41
This just might be the best fiction book I read in 2022. It’s utterly brilliant and yet I can’t work out why. In a way, it doesn’t matter. It combines a heroine who h… Read More
2022-10-14 14:12
Well better late than never for me to discover this poem about non-violent opposition to the oppressors, a message that will be taken up in increasing numbers as governments become more and… Read More
2022-10-08 13:52
For some reason I adore these books about Blandings Castle and yet I don’t like the Jeeves and Wooster books. I think it’s because everyone in the Blandings Castle books is so… Read More
Lindisfarne Gospels
2022-10-04 17:07
The script of the Lindisfarne Gospels is the work of one man – Eadfrith Bishop of Lindisfarne. The book is dated between AD 715-720. Before he could start he needed to obtain the sk… Read More
2022-08-25 15:14
This book is written by Edward Marston who writes the Railway Detective series. The style of writing is very similar, plenty of dialogue driving the plot strongly forwards like the engines o… Read More
2022-08-02 09:24
Written in 1936, this is a lovely story about rich males who seem able to drop their jobs / business dealings to support the son of a friend who is being threatened by unscrupulous types… Read More
2022-07-23 13:48
Rex Fortescue, Adele Fortescue, and Gladys Martin all die within a few hours. Rex was poisoned by Taxine, a poisonous constituent of yew plants, Adele was poisoned by potassium cyanide, and… Read More
2022-07-15 16:09
The Odessa File was the bestseller written after The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. In the book, Odessa are an organisation formed to protect ex-SS members and to try to implemen… Read More
The Fox By DH Lawrence
2022-07-12 14:03
The DH Lawrence novella about two girls, Banford and March, whose existence is terminally interrupted by the arrival of a soldier, whose grandfather lived on the farm that the girls are work… Read More
2022-05-15 15:07
In his 1651 book, Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes imagined the state as the biblical sea monster. Professor David Runciman examines how different philosophers down the centuries have understood the… Read More
The Secret History Of The Gnostics
2022-05-11 14:42
This is a book I will keep as a reference. The Gnostics were distinguished from other early Christians in their emphasis on gnosis, the Greek word for knowledge rather than faith. Accordi… Read More
2022-05-06 22:02
Karen Armstrong suggests the history of myth is the history of humanity; our stories and beliefs link us to our ancestors and each other. This wonderful book takes the reader from the Palaeo… Read More
2022-05-02 20:20
Edward Palmer Thompson was an English historian, writer, socialist and peace campaigner. He is best known today for his books on radical movements in particular The Making of the English Wor… Read More
2022-04-29 13:56
It’s a particularly apposite time to be reading this book when many people are re-evaluating their life in regard to their work situation and indeed whether they should stay employed i… Read More
2022-04-28 12:49
This is a high-level guide to The Holy Grail charting the origins of the quest from the early Christian gospels through to modern day stories and films. The book introduces all the charac… Read More
2022-04-26 15:12
This is the sequel to Three Men in a Boat and it is really rather good, especially when the three men – George, Harris and J – are travelling around the middle of Europe interact… Read More
2022-04-13 23:17
This book dates from around 1250AD though many of the poems contained in it are a lot older and occur nowhere else, showing what a valuable service the unknown monk who copied them down onto… Read More
2022-04-11 14:37
Eric Hobsbawm was a British historian who wrote many books on Socialism, Nationalism, and Capitalism. He was a contemporary of other Marxist historians such as Christopher Hill, EP Thompson… Read More
2022-04-04 22:35
This is the story of Yorick, a sentimental traveller, who on a whim decides to journey from England first to France and then head towards Turin in Italy. His journey takes him via Calais, Am… Read More
Jingo By Terry Pratchett
2022-03-28 16:39
I enjoyed this book but nowhere near as much as Guards ! Guards! , Men At Arms, and especially Feet of Clay, the three City Watch books before Jingo. The gas-powered appearance of the isl… Read More
2022-03-17 16:14
William Golding won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1983. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, is probably his best known work. Pincher Martin is on a navy vessel escorting a North Atlan… Read More
2022-03-14 15:40
Another wonderful story concerning Professor Dr Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld by Alexander McCall Smith. I’m not reading these books in the correct order, but it doesn’t matter… Read More
2022-03-06 15:56
I wonder how many people know the name of the man who sent Charles I to the scaffold in 1649? The answer is not Oliver Cromwell. I didn’t know before I read this book and that&rsqu&hell…Read More
Respectable By Lynsey Hanley
2022-03-02 12:34
Recently, I joined a book club and they send me a book a month to read and I don’t know what book I will receive. This may sound a bit odd – indeed it does sound odd when I read… Read More
2022-02-17 16:31
John Lilburne, William Walwyn, Richard Overton, Katherine Chidley, John Rede, and Thomas Rainsborough aren’t as famous as Benjamin Franklin, Robespierre, Danton, George Washington, St… Read More
Some Thoughts…
2022-02-15 23:31
For you from some of my recent magazine reading. A paradox of freedom The more people’s choices expand, the more human beings demand a stable space in which to make them. When th… Read More
Discounted Books On
2021-12-12 17:21
OFFICE LIFE Office Life details 5 Days in the life of an English office. There’s lots of banter and insults flying around in this story. One person goes to the wrong place for the w… Read More
Book Review – Day Of The Triffids
2021-11-26 05:20
This is the classic catastrophe novel of the 20th Century and I appreciate the ending where there seems to be little room for optimism for the human race. There’s no cavalry coming to… Read More
Book Review – Feline Philosophy
2021-11-21 03:54
Spinoza and Taoism are the way to go for humans to lead a fulfilling life and be true to their nature. If you want a philosophy book that explains humanity clearly and all the problems hu… Read More
2021-11-02 18:06
I’m not a big fan of this book indeed of the whole of the Lord Peter Wimsey series. It’s a bit too much like Bertie Wooster being a detective, with a similar background of wealth… Read More
George Orwell – Fascism And Democracy
2021-10-29 15:28
The writer who told the truth. What is the use of political liberty, so called, to a man who works 12 hours a day for 3 pounds a week? Once in five years he may get the chance to vote for… Read More
Goodreads Recommendation
2021-10-29 03:23
Goodreads makes recommendations for books they think may interest me as a reader based on a book or books I’m currently reading. However, I think this algorithm needs some refining… Read More
2021-10-24 23:50
I am very pleased I reached the end of this book. It was a struggle at times against the flow of the descriptions, word repetitions, and almost constant contemplation of Marlow’s exist… Read More
How The Yeti Was Named And Other Stories
2021-10-18 14:57
I have written eleven funny stories including the obituary of a former flying ace who died along with his guide dog as they free-climbed Mount Robson. There’s a rejection letter t… Read More
2021-09-30 19:44
Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with another cat called Gemma and two humans, John, and Mary. I am about 3 years old though I can’t remember how old I am… Read More
Book Review – Pilgrim’s Progress
2021-09-28 17:58
Another classic book that everyone ought to read at some point in their lives even if religion and / or Christianity holds no interest for you. To give it its full title, The Pilgrim&rsqu&hell…Read More

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