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Philomena: A Mother, Her Son And A Fifty Year Search
3.64
liked it
I watched the film and was deeply moved by Dame Judi Dench's portrayal of Philomena, one of the 1952 Irish Magdalenes. Mother of an illegitimate child ...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 20, 2013
 
Heresy (Giordano Bruno #1)
3.71
it was amazing
The frame work of this whodunnit is historically accurate. Giordano Bruno, humanist, philosopher, Copernican did come under the attention of the inqui ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
 
Hornet Flight
3.82
really liked it
A good story based partly on fact. Set in Denmark in 1941, the protagonist, 19 year old Harald Olufsen stumbles across a German radar system on the Da ...more
Dec 20, 2012
Dec 23, 2012
 
K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
3.98
liked it
One of the Alphabet series in which Kinsey Milhone is asked to investigate a cold case, the death of beautiful Lorna Kepler.

I have read most of the s
...more
Mar 11, 2010
Mar 16, 2010
 
Hard Landing (Dan Shepherd, #1)
3.92
really liked it
A tense thriller, which I read in one sitting. It is set in the maximum security prison Sheldon - remand section. Bob Macdonald caught in the act of a ...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
 
Death or Victory: The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of Empire
4.11
it was amazing
This is an excellent, well researched, book about the siege and fall of Quebec in 1759. It is heavily based on primary sources, the diaries and letter ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
 
The Fifth Queen
3.47
really liked it
Written in 1926. The story of Katherine Howard and her entry into the court of Henry VIII.

Is some respects Ford Madox Ford reminds me of Hilary Mantel
...more
Nov 28, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
 
Blood Rain (Aurelio Zen, #7)
3.74
really liked it
One of Dibdin's best.

Set in Sicily featuring Aurelio Zen. The first half concentrates on judge Corinna Nunziatelli who has a couple of cases involving
...more
Mar 21, 2011
Mar 21, 2011
 
A Little White Death (Inspector Troy, #3)
4.05
really liked it
I have had this on my bookshelf for over ten years without reading it. I can't see how I overlooked it. Most of the book was excellent with a good fee ...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 15, 2013
 
How Could She? by Fowley, Dana ( Author ) ON May-02-2009, Paperback
3.96
liked it
An appalling story of childhood abuse involving three generations of a family. From the age of five Dana and her sister were subjected to sexual abuse ...more
Feb 16, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
 
Dunkirk: Fight To The Last Man
4.07
really liked it
When we think of Dunkirk, it is the saga of the little ships and news reel images of the human moles and of the weary evacuated soldiers disembarking ...more
Jan 20, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
 
The Envoy
3.84
really liked it
Warning - Read The Darkling Spy before reading this book. Although The Envoy is a stand alone novel it complements the Darkling Spy and with knowledge ...more
Nov 24, 2013
Nov 24, 2013
 
The Take
4.14
really liked it
A good read about sibling rivalry set in the criminal underclass of East London. Freddie Jackson leaves prison having made contact with a major crimin ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
 
Prague Fatale (Bernard Gunther, #8)
4.08
really liked it
Yet another good Bernie Gunther novel, with two interweaving plots and a raft of historical characters. There is the classical Agatha Christie type pl ...more
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013
 
1913: The Eve of War
3.70
liked it
With the lead up to the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, we can expect a number of books, documentaries, novels and histories set during th ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
The Glass Palace
3.94
really liked it
I was absorbed by this epic novel set predominantly in Burma and Malaya, focussing on Indian 'ex-pats'. Starting with the British take-over of Burma i ...more
Jul 14, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
 
Blind Eye (Logan McRae, #5)
4.14
did not like it
P.D.James believes that one should not review books one dislikes. What can I say. I have enjoyed Stuart MacBride's previous novels very much. I like t ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 19, 2010
 
London Calling (Inspector Carlyle, #1)
3.35
it was ok
P D James once said 'don't review a book you don't like'. But I must be honest. It is readable and very much, even too much, of its time, 2011. It fel ...more
Jul 29, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
Oathbreaker (The King's Hounds #2)
3.84
really liked it
Second in the series featuring Halfdan and the Illuminator Winston. It is a most enjoyable read. The translation is excellent and the style light and ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
 
Lamentation (Matthew Shardlake, #6)
4.37
it was amazing
I think this is the best of the Matthew Shardlake series. Set during the summer of 1546, there is a power struggle between the conservatives (Catholic ...more
Nov 05, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
 
Mud, Blood, and Poppycock: Britain and the Great War
3.86
really liked it
A timely revisionist look at The Great War. Corrigan focuses on certain topics which engage the British public and analyses them closely. This should ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Aug 02, 2014
 
Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10, 000 Jews
4.00
it was amazing
This is the first time I have come across Frank Foley, an MI6 agent stationed in Berlin under the cover of Passport Control Officer during the pre-war ...more
May 06, 2015
May 06, 2015
 
Odette. Jerrard Tickell
4.04
it was amazing
The book was written in 1948, and reissued in this format in 2008. I have read it before and seen the 1950 film several times.

It is a beautifully writ
...more
Jun 23, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
 
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England
3.83
really liked it
I know very little about Henry VII, apart from his triumph over Richard III and his charismatic son Henry VIII. This book was an eye opener. In modern ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
 
The Dealer And The Dead
3.49
it was ok
Gerald Seymour is one of my favourite authors. He always produces some thought provoking theme. In this thriller the central character is an arms deal ...more
Mar 12, 2014
Apr 03, 2014
 
Suite Française
3.81
it was amazing
A book which left me aching, wanting more. Planned as a four or five part novel, it forms the first two sections written in a notebook before the auth ...more
Jan 14, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
 
Shoulder the Sky (World War I, #2)
3.93
liked it
Second in the WWI series. I have now read this, the next and the final books in the series and enough is enough. This one is set in 1915 and features ...more
Jun 02, 2011
Jun 06, 2011
 
Behind the Scenes in the Transvaal
3.00
liked it
This book of memoirs was published in 1901. David Wilson was the mining commissioner in De Kaap valley, Eastern Transvaal, South Africa, during the 18 ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
 
Last Train to Istanbul
3.80
really liked it
An excellent novel touching on some of the lesser known aspects of WWII, namely the attitude of the Turks to their minority subjects, and in particula ...more
Oct 18, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
The Reluctant Tommy
3.63
really liked it
An honest book written 50 years after the war with the aid of diaries, and a little prodding from his wife. Skirth was in a difficult situation throu ...more
Dec 02, 2012
Dec 07, 2012
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