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I was working in a bookshop when I read this, and I finished it while on holiday. I have a strange memory when it comes to books - even though sometim ...more
Oct 2010
Feb 01, 2011
Empress Matilda: Uncrowned Queen Of England
Interesting topic, but I felt it was not researched or analysed properly, meaning there were some inaccuracies and assumptions which annoyed me signif ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 03, 2014
Spirit of the Titanic
I don't usually read Young Adult fiction, but this caught my eye when browsing. I am hugely interested in the whole Titanic story, and this was a well ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 26, 2011
William Walton: Behind the Facade
What music of William Walton that I know, I have always enjoyed and regarded highly. The Crown Imperial March, Belshazzar's Feast, Henry V - all wonde ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir
I knew when I picked this up that it would be a disturbing read, and it certainly was. It's hard to describe what I feel about it; while I can't say t ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 11, 2013
Our Sound is Our Wound: Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World -- The Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book 2010
I found this book very inspiring and thought provoking. The first two chapters, in particular, were of interest to me (The Sound of Scripture, The Sou ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 03, 2013
Silas Marner (Wordsworth Classics)
I'd been looking to read this for ages, but kept putting it off. This was partly because I'd struggled to get into 'Middlemarch' and also because of t ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 07, 2013
Millennium: The End Of The World And The Forging Of Christendom
A terrific fast-paced read. The author has a narrative touch which brings to life the complex characters and events of a thousand years ago and more. ...more
Aug 2015
Apr 17, 2012
The Distant Land Of My Father

I was very interested to read (just before beginning to read the book) that Bo Caldwell based the character of Joseph Schoene on her own
Jun 2011
Jun 03, 2011
Sweet Tooth
You know that feeling you get just after finishing a book when you can't really put into words what you think? I've sort of got that now, but I'm goin ...more
Jan 2013
Jan 14, 2013
The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)
This ambitious novel, spanning several decades with a large cast of characters, could easily have become cumbersome and incoherent. However, I felt th ...more
Jun 2011
May 24, 2011
The Woman Reader
‘The Woman Reader’ by Barbara Jack traces the history of women’s literacy, both reading and writing, from the earliest records to the present day. It’ ...more
Oct 2012
Aug 03, 2012
The Company of the Dead
I had high hopes for this. I have a tiny obsession with most Titanic-related things (April this year was a good month for me!) so a book which sells i ...more
Sep 2012
Aug 30, 2012
Islam Considered: A Christian View
An excellent, simple but not simplistic, look at Islam - looking at its history, core tenets and beliefs, and what its part is in the world. It was wr ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 19, 2014
At times, this book dragged me along like a page-turner (it certainly kept me hooked throughout an 8-hour train journey), yet at other times it was a ...more
Apr 2011
Apr 07, 2011
Alias Grace
I'm a big believer in the power of the ending. I can get past a mediocre beginning if the rest of the book is good, but the ending is what I usually r ...more
Jul 2008
Feb 04, 2011
Very emotional, even though it was pretty easy to predict who lived/died. I also predicted the dramatic climax quite early on. Some of the sections in ...more
May 2012
May 23, 2012
Mirror To Damascus
This book was like eating a rich, sticky chocolate pudding. The language was beautifully written, but so full of description that I couldn't read more ...more
Mar 2011
Feb 24, 2011
Emperor and Galilean
I read this in preparation for an essay on Julian the Apostate and his historical reception and I have to say it wasn't an easy read. I think that if ...more
Nov 2008
May 02, 2011
How Green Was My Valley
A beautifully written hymn to life in the Welsh valleys in the late nineteenth century. The author always claimed, falsely, to have been born in St Da ...more
Jul 2014
Feb 02, 2013
Glory and B*llocks - The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History
It was better than I thought it would be. Not too patriotically British, but does attempt to read between the lines of seminal events of British histo ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 18, 2015
Spell Of Winter
Unsettling and dark. I wish I'd had the time to be able to read this in one sitting as I feel that the build-up and release would have been more effec ...more
Oct 2011
Sep 10, 2011
The Secret Of Crickley Hall
It's thrilling and exciting and I enjoyed reading it. Some of the writing style did grate slightly, with the constant reminders that local characters ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 20, 2012
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life
A bit boring, to be honest. Not as funny as I was led to believe it would be.
Apr 2014
Apr 11, 2014
On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain
A bit of a socialist polemic at times, but an interesting read.
Sep 2011
Sep 05, 2011
Princess Caraboo
Jun 2008
May 19, 2013
A Suitable Boy
May 2006
Feb 05, 2011
Two Lives
Jan 2007
Feb 05, 2011
A Grief Observed
Jul 2009
Feb 05, 2011
Amenable Women
Aug 2009
Feb 05, 2011
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