So here are some more Recently Read :
Twelve Babies On A Bike is a delightful memorir of one woman's midwifery training in the days when the majority of British babies were born at home. Well worth a read; I loved it.
The American Way Of Death (revised edition) was a real eye-opener. Not one for reading at mealtimes. Enough said.
Celebration is a gorgeous, large-format, profusely illustrated children's book dealing with Feasts and Celebrations across the world. Ethiopian Pascha gets a large mention :-)
The Faye Kellerman was fantastic. Gruesome, scary, funny in places, this collection of short stories and real-life vignettes was a brilliant bargain buy.
Ye Gods - well, I still quite don't know what to make of this one. It deals with an agnostic, almost wanna-be Christian (but not quite wanna-be that much!) woman and her husband (who is paranoically opposed to speaking to anyone who isn't a native English speaker and whom he doesn't already know, which makes for some interesting encounters with the hospitable Greeks!) 's journey around Greece. She speaks reasonable Greek and likes to visit both modern sites of pilgrimage and ancient pagan shrines.
They visit Paros and Tinos, Athens, Delphi, Delos, Patmos, Cyprus and Mt Olympus, amongst others. It is generally very interesting, but each time she throws in the comment that any of the places associated with the Mother of God obviously have little to do with the Theotokos but are derivative heirlooms of pagan goddesses, it makes my hackles rise. I would be interested in what others think of this book.
Clarissa Dickson-Wright, one of the Two Fat Ladies of cookery TV and book fame is a superb writer. Brilliantly clever, and the youngest ever person to be called to the Bar (the British legal barrister system), she is a passionate devotee of country sports and good food. This book chronicles a typical year in her life, combining both passions with a handful of recipes thrown in for good measure. She is a character, in every sense of the word, and a great wit. A super book.
A photo of the previously reviewed Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England. Wonderful book :-)
More Faye Kellerman. I love her books, but they are not to everyone's taste.