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Philomena: A Mother, Her Son And A Fifty Year Search
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)
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
Death or Victory: The Battle of Quebec and the Birth of Empire
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
K is for Killer (Kinsey Millhone, #11)
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
The Envoy
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
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
1913: The Eve of War
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
A Little White Death (Inspector Troy, #3)
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
London Calling (Inspector Carlyle, #1)
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
The Dealer And The Dead
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
How Could She?
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
Oathbreaker (Kong Knud, #2)
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
Odette. Jerrard Tickell
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
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
Suite Française
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
Stone's Fall
A fascinating back to front novel. The first narrator, a journalist, is hired by Elizabeth Stone to search for her husband's secret child in order to...more
May 26, 2011
May 26, 2011
Scribbling the Cat
Alexandra Fuller accompanies a Rhodesian war veteran K on a journey from the Zambian/Zimbabwe border through Zimbabwe to Mozambique revisiting scenes...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
About Face (Commissario Brunetti, #18)
I have read this book before but had only a hazy recollection of the plot at the start of this read. The theme is very topical - recycling, dumping of...more
Jun 26, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Tainted Relic: An Historical Mystery (The Medieval Murderers, #1)
A good collaboration between five medieval mystery writers, Susanna Gregory, Michael Jecks, Bernard Knight, Philip Gooden and Ian Morson. Apart from t...more
May 13, 2010
May 22, 2010
Fathers and Sons

I read the novel several years ago as part of an OU course and some aspects of the recommended translation jarred. I therefore ended up with several...more
Feb 26, 2011
Feb 26, 2011
The Germanicus Mosaic (Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain, #1)
First in the Libertus series. I have just finished the last one available, and suffering from severe deprivation, have started to reread the series.

Sep 19, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
Relics of the Dead (Mistress of the Art of Death, #3)
I nearly gave up on this one. It is difficult to bring a new reader into mid-series without irritating fans who have been reading from the start, espe...more
Feb 10, 2010
Feb 10, 2010
Adventures in Swaziland: The Story of a South African Boer
This book is from the Classic Reprint Series, first published in 1921. The memoires of Owen Rowe O'Neil, who, despite his Irish name was a South Afric...more
Oct 21, 2012
Oct 21, 2012
When A Crocodile Eats The Sun
I have written one review of this book, and it has disappeared into the ether. This seems to be a common occurrence with Goodreads. Doubtless someone...more
Mar 23, 2010
Mar 24, 2010
The novel starts with strong echoes of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Henry Meadows on board an 'ice ship' in the Antarctic in 1980 is writing his memoi...more
Aug 04, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
The Conqueror
The story of William, Duke of Normandy better known as William the Conqueror Base born, the illegitimate son of Duke Robert of Normandy and his burghe...more
Sep 06, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
Judgment on Deltchev
I like Eric Ambler, but I do not know whether I own this one. I picked it up from the charity shop after reading three dud books in a row. My copy was...more
Jan 16, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
The History Of The South African Forces In France (History Of The Great War Based On Official Documents)
The book which I have, with the same ISBN was written by John Buchan and first released in 1920. This is a 1992 reprint, 21st in the Battery Press Gre...more
Oct 31, 2012
Oct 31, 2012
American Wife
The story of a quiet, single child, Alice Lindgren brought up in small town America. I found the first half an absorbing read but got a little bored t...more
May 05, 2011
May 05, 2011
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)
I read the novel slowly and carefully, noting all the clues, determined to work out whodunnit and how. I had my eye on the culprit from very early on...more
Mar 23, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
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