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My Animals and Other Family
4.10
it was amazing
For the benefit of non-Brits, Clare Balding is a TV and radio broadcaster who became a national treasure during London 2012, anchoring C4's Paralympic ...more
Oct 17, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
 
The Art of Detection (Kate Martinelli, #5)
3.80
really liked it
Laurie R King can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes, and this book only served to confirm that, cleverly weaving her turn of the millennium Kate Mart ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
 
Split Second (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #1)
3.98
it was ok
Michelle Maxwell, a Secret Service agent assigned to a presidential candidate, sees her rising career slip away when the candidate is kidnapped. Eight ...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 18, 2008
 
An Officer and a Gentlewoman: The Making of a Female British Army Officer
3.64
it was ok
Heloise Goodley left her lucrative City career to join the Army, and the book details her officer training at Sandhurst. She remains a serving officer ...more
Jun 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Harry Potter, #8)
3.77
really liked it
Can't wait to see it in the theatre. Managed to get tickets for October 2017
Aug 10, 2016
Aug 10, 2016
 
Brigands M.C. (Cherub, #11)
4.26
really liked it
The penultimate book in the CHERUB series starts with a flashback as we see how Dante Scott became a young spy, joining the top-secret CHERUB organisa ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Aug 05, 2010
 
One Summer Night
3.79
did not like it
I've persevered with Gerri Hill but I think I have to give up now. The detective stories aren't bad but the romances leave me cold. This is a case in ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 02, 2008
 
The Art of Being Normal
4.22
it was amazing
I'd not heard of this YA novel and just spotted it on the shelf in Tesco of all places. But it's possibly the most important book I'll read all year.

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Apr 11, 2016
Apr 07, 2016
 
Michael Tolliver Lives
3.89
it was amazing
Like catching up with an old friend, it's an uplifting visit to the City by the Bay.
Jul 13, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
 
Life of Pi
3.88
really liked it
This has been on my shelves for a good few years and at last I made myself read it, if only to free up some shelf space.

Inevitably of course, I though
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Jan 21, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
 
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45
4.00
really liked it
I found this wartime diary of an ordinary Londoner really interesting. It took me a while to get into, before I became familiar with the various peopl ...more
Oct 2009
Sep 04, 2009
 
The Skeleton Road
3.76
liked it
When a skeleton is found on top of an Edinburgh building, the investigation leads from Oxford to the Balkans. Who is the deceased, and how does his de ...more
May 18, 2015
May 15, 2015
 
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
3.71
really liked it
Any Briton then born remembers the summer of 1976, if not literally then through folklore as _that_ summer. All dying lawns and dirty cars, hosepipe b ...more
Mar 12, 2017
Feb 27, 2017
 
Moranthology
3.80
really liked it
Caitlin Moran's collection of Times columns is an easy read, often hilarious and sometimes thought-provoking. I don't always agree with everything she ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
 
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
4.14
really liked it
A fascinating, personal account of East Germany's security service and the fallout from the end of Communism. With a massive network of informants and ...more
Dec 13, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
 
It Had To Be You
3.80
really liked it
At 54, Georgia knows how she likes spending Xmas: alone, doing whatever she wants. But this year she finds herself with a new, twenty-something girlfr ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Jan 04, 2017
 
The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat and Tyres: The Autobiography
4.75
it was amazing
How great would life be if we could just ride bikes, cook food and talk bollocks?

I'm a relative latecomer to the Hairy Bikers' world, having come acro
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Oct 11, 2016
Oct 11, 2016
 
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #12)
4.26
liked it
Gaudy Night is a must-read for feminist readers of detective fiction and of course for fans of Lord Peter Wimsey.

This could have been just a 2 star re
...more
Apr 24, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
 
The Shoal of Time (Micky Knight, #8)
4.06
it was ok
Disappointment. That's my overriding feeling at the end of Shoal of Time.
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I don't know what Redmann was thinking. Wh
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Jul 15, 2015
Jul 10, 2015
 
Knight Crusader
4.22
really liked it
I had vague but fond childhood memories of a book about a young knight's adventures at the Crusades and in the Welsh Marches. The power of the interne ...more
May 22, 2012
Jun 05, 2012
 
Water Mark (Micky Knight, #6)
4.34
really liked it
Three months after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to her city, P.I. Micky Knight has returned to New Orleans. Her house is intact but her life is in tat ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 07, 2011
 
DIE EASY: Charlie Fox book ten (the Charlie Fox crime thriller series)
4.12
it was amazing
I bloody love Charlie Fox! She's the thinking reader's Jack Reacher; more interior monologue and personal hygiene, less cliches and shagging.

This time
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Nov 18, 2016
Nov 16, 2016
 
How to Be a Woman
3.73
it was amazing
Caitlin Moran is my new goddess. Reclaiming feminism - indeed, strident feminism - as something that's just right. Polite. Proper.

Her book is part pol
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Apr 19, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
 
All Quiet on the Western Front
3.91
it was amazing
WWI as told from the POV of a 19 year-old soldier, based on Remarque's own wartime experiences.

Narrator Paul is German but he could equally be British
...more
Dec 08, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
 
The God of the Hive (Mary Russell, #10)
4.16
really liked it
Continuing directly from the events of The Language of Bees, Russell and Holmes are fleeing Orkney with seriously wounded Damien Adler and his young d ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 30, 2011
 
The Enemy (Jack Reacher, #8)
4.15
really liked it
For me this is the best Reacher book so far. In a departure from the post-Army drifter that we've come to know, Reacher is shown here back in early 19 ...more
Jul 22, 2009
Jul 22, 2009
 
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death at a Storm-ravaged Hospital
3.87
liked it
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans hard, but it was after the storm had passed that disaster really unfolded. The levees failed and Lake Pontchartrain ...more
Aug 02, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
The Man Who Cast Two Shadows (Kathleen Mallory, #2)
4.01
liked it
The second book featuring NYPD detective Kathy Mallory, who predated Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander by several years but put me in mind of her, with ...more
Feb 08, 2013
Feb 08, 2013
 
Street Lavender
4.15
really liked it
This has been sitting on my shelves for a long time, and I unfortunately can't recall what prompted me to buy it in the first place. But I am glad tha ...more
Jan 2010
Dec 29, 2009
 
Divine Justice (Camel Club, #4)
4.16
liked it
This is the sequel to Stone Cold, where protagonist Oliver Stone had just dived off a high cliff after assassinating the CIA chief. Divine Justice pic ...more
Aug 21, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
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