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The Stonecutter (Patrik Hedström, #3)
The first thjing I noticed about this book was the sticker placed on the cover, presumabl;y by the booksellers, saying "If you like Jo Nesbo you'll lo ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 17, 2011
Go is generally regarded as the first novel of the Beat Generation, written between 1949 and 1951, and first published in 1952, nearly sixty years ago ...more
Dec 11, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Chronicle in Stone
Eleven years ago I was in Albania, and after being taken on a tour of the capital, Tirana, by a university student, Theofania, we sat down at a paveme ...more
Nov 30, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
Duncton Wood (Duncton Chronicles, #1)
On reading this for the first time, it seemed to have been inspired by the popularity of Watership Down by Richard Adams. What Adams did for rabbits, ...more
Jan 31, 1981
Apr 18, 2012
The Child's Child
At first I thought this was going to be one of the better books by Ruth Rendell writing as Barbara Vine, when a doctoral student writing a thesis on u ...more
Feb 28, 2013
Feb 27, 2013
The Day the Queen Flew to Scotland for the Grouse Shooting
There are some books that one reads and re-reads, others that one reads once and discards, and yet others that one re-reads once and reads again after ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Leopard
This is the third book I have read by Jo Nesbø, where the protagonist is Oslo detective Harry Hole. The book opens with Harry on indefinite leave, hid ...more
Jan 19, 2011
Jan 20, 2011
Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean
This book is tale of three cities -- Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut. But it is a great deal more than that, as it is also the history of the region of ...more
Dec 24, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
It was on the "horror" shelf of the book shop, it had been reprinted, and was going cheap. I'd never read anything by the author before, So I thought ...more
Feb 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1)
A bookseller takes his ten-year-old son to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books in Barcelona in 1945, where he is allowed to choose one book. The book he c ...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 07, 2012
The Mitford Girls: the biography of an extraordinary family
I'd only read one Mitford book before I began reading this joint biography of the Mitford sisters, and that was The American way of death by Jessica M ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Jul 16, 2009
Before The Frost
Detective Kurt Wallander's daughter Linda is about to join him on the police force in the town of Ystad in southern Sweden, and while she is waiting t ...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 13, 2011
Byzantium: The Surprising Life Of A Medieval Empire
Several years ago I had the opportunity of completing a History Honours degree that I had had to leave unfinished because of lack of funds. I had to c ...more
Dec 04, 2009
Sep 09, 2009
The Secret Speech
The protagonist of this book is Moscow homicide detective Leo Demidov, who also featured in Tom Rob Smith's earlier book, Child 44. But though there i ...more
Jun 20, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
One of the best-selling novels in recent times has been The da Vinci code by Dan Brown, and now the story has been made into a film.

Not only has the
Jul 11, 2005
May 30, 2009
The fires of Arcadia
The topic of the sciences versus the humanities seems to have come up quite a lot recently, and I blogged about it last month here The dissing of the ...more
Dec 13, 2013
Dec 13, 2013
Murder In Mykonos. Jeffrey Siger (Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery)
A readable and exciting whodunit.

Police officer Andreas Kaldis is a bit disgruntled when he is transferred from Athens to the tourist island of Mykono
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 03, 2014
The Unburied
This is the second historical murder mystery I've read in as many weeks, the previous one being Dissolution by C.J. Sansom. This one, however, is far ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
No Highway
It's interesting to re-read a book after a long time, and see whether your opinion of it has changed. I first read [authoer:Aldous Huxley]'s Brave New ...more
Oct 18, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
The Book Of Air And Shadows
When I started reading this book I didn't think I'd like it, and wrote some initial thoughts on my blog, here The book of air and shadows | Khanya. Bu ...more
Jul 13, 2014
Jun 27, 2014
The Lost Boy (Patrik Hedström, #7)
I quite enjoyed the only other book by Camilla Läckberg that I have read, The stonecutter, but I doubt that I'll finish this one. It is simply too fru ...more
Nov 25, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
Liza of Lambeth
This is Somerset Maugham's first published novel, and of those of his that I've read, I think I like this one the best. About 12 years ago I bought se ...more
Jun 2012
May 26, 2012
Oliver Twist
It seems a bit silly to try to write a review of a book that was published more than 150 years ago, and is so well known, but here are a few thoughts ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
The Historian
I've read quite a number of vampire novels, but found none to compare with Bram Stoker's Dracula. I've read Dracula several times, but all the others ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
Man In The Moss: Crybbe
Phil Rickman's books are difficult to find, and one buys them when one can. This was one of his earlier ones, which we hadn't read. Many of his other ...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jun 24, 2009
Heart of Darkness
This is a difficult book to review without revealing too much of the plot to those who have not read it. Like several of Conrad's books, it is a story ...more
May 18, 2012
Feb 21, 2012
When I began reading this book, it reminded me of The double by Fyodor Dostoevsky, with the atmosphere of Kafka's novels thrown in.

Marc Lucas is a so
Feb 26, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millenium, #3)
This is the third book in Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy, the others being The girl with the dragon tattoo and The girl who played with fire. While th ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity: The Reception of Enochic Literature
The First Book of Enoch was fairly well known in the first century, and accepted by both Christians and Jews. It is a composite book, made of several ...more
Aug 27, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
Up to Our Steeples in Politics
I first learnt of Will Campbell when I got sick in Cape Town, and was taken in and nursed by a Methodist minister, Theo Kotze, and his wife Helen. Tha ...more
Jan 1977
Jun 04, 2013
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