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My Animals and Other Family
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
Split Second (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #1)
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
Life of Pi
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...more
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 20, 2010
Few Eggs and No Oranges: The Diaries of Vere Hodgson 1940-45
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
Water Mark (Micky Knight, #6)
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
The Art of Detection (Kate Martinelli, #5)
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
Knight Crusader
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
Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, #10)
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
All Quiet on the Western Front
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)
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)
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
The Man Who Cast Two Shadows (Kathleen Mallory, #2)
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
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)
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
The Making Of Mr Hai's Daughter
A well-written personal memoir that raises wider questions about identity and culture. Yasmin Hai reveals her own conflict and confusion in accepting...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
No Thoroughfare
Two boys from the Foundling Hospital are given the same name, with disastrous consequences in adulthood.

Browsing the freebies in the Kindle store, I c...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)
Althea Vestrit was born to sail. She comes from an Old Trader family who have sailed their ship Vivacia for 3 generations and she is expected to conti...more
Dec 20, 2010
Dec 15, 2010
Jo returns to London after spending a year in a leaky tent at Greenham Common, to write a play about the First World War. She meets Ada, an eighty yea...more
Sep 21, 2009
Sep 17, 2009
One Summer Night
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 Moonstone
My first Kindle book! I've had the paper copy on my shelves for months, so when I was fortunate enough to receive the Kindle and saw that The Moonston...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 10, 2010
The Hard Way (Jack Reacher, #10)
I love Reacher. Not in the way that most of the female characters in these books love Reacher despite the fact that he's usually wearing 3 day-old clo...more
Dec 06, 2009
Dec 03, 2009
Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour
This is an amusing and very accessible study of English behaviour, trying to get behind the national stereotypes and understand what makes us tick.

Nov 05, 2009
Nov 02, 2009
Roadside Crosses (Kathryn Dance, #2)
This follows on from The Sleeping Doll and this time Agent Kathryn Dance is seeking a killer who seems to be targeting those who have flamed him in a...more
Jul 15, 2010
Jul 13, 2010
Checkmate (Noughts & Crosses, #3)
The last in the Noughts & Crosses trilogy catches up with Sephy & Callum's daughter Callie Rose as a teen. She's trying to find her place in t...more
Jun 2011
May 24, 2011
Blood, Sweat and Tea: Real Life Adventures in an Inner-city Ambulance
Tom Reynolds is the pseudonym of a London paramedic who blogs about his job. Blood, Sweat & Tea is a lightly edited collection of blog entries and...more
Dec 13, 2010
Dec 06, 2010
Look Who It Is!: My Story
I'd never seen the Friday Night Project or anything else with Alan Carr, but was dragged to his live show (Tooth Fairy tour) by our nephew. Absolutely...more
Jan 23, 2012
Jan 24, 2012
Doomsday Book
Doomsday Book starts in 2054, as history undergraduate Kivrin is preparing to time-travel back to 1320, to gather first-hand information on medieval d...more
May 02, 2010
Apr 19, 2010
Something For The Weekend
This was a re-read of the first in McLynn's highly enjoyable series featuring Dublin PI Leo Street and her misadventures, this time involving horses,...more
Oct 02, 2008
Oct 02, 2008
Flowers for Algernon
I'd never heard of this book when I picked it up in a charity shop, but I understand it's often a set text in (US?) schools. Charlie Gordon has an IQ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 24, 2012
The Sunday Philosophy Club
When Isabel Dalhousie sees a young man plunge to his death in a concert hall, she takes it upon herself to investigate.

I'm a fan of Smith's 44 Scotlan...more
Jul 25, 2011
Jul 19, 2011
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