Monday, August 22, 2011

Recently Read



This was a fascinating look at Cyprus, shortly before the annexation of the North.



Sea Room is a book which I took months to read. Not because it was boring ; very far from it, but it was densely crammed with information that it took ages to process it enough to do it justice. The author owns a small group of Scottish islands, and has published this book as a geographical, sociological, historical memoir of the islands, their inhabitants and the flora and fauna. A wonderful book indeed.



Sorry about the photo; once they appear on the Blogger upload page, I can't rotate them ! Perfume from Provence is one of my all-time favourites; it details the real life adventures of Sir John and Lady Fortescue when they relocated to Provence after WW1. It is a loving, delightful and gentle book, whose only sad part is the death of her beloved husband, known to all as  "Monsieur" , at the end of the book...



An interesting look at the education system in the UK,  and the effect it has on staff and pupils alike. I wouldn't bother buying it new....



The Know-It-All was a re-read, telling the story of one man's epic read of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. I enjoyed it, apart from AJ's habit of using "Christ" as a blasphemous expletive, which is rather peculiar considering he is Jewish.....



Snow Blind was unputdownable. Gripping, horrifying and so well-written.... beware, domestic/spousal abuse in graphic detail, but germane to the plotline.


Hands Up annoyed me intensely.  That's all I am prepared to say in public.




Road To The Dales is WONDERFUL ! I loved every single page. Anyone who has ever enjoyed Miss read's delightful expositions of country life will undoubtedly enjoy this real-life autobiography of Gervase Phinn, who has written so many witty books about his life as a Schools Inspector in Yorkshire...



Six Wives has also taken me several months to read, as it is a mammoth tome. What I found particularly interesting was just how much of a pivotal role Ann Boleyn played in engineering the religious Reformation in England, which is underplayed in every other book I have read on the subject....


Out of the Woods was a very nice book, but is more of a compliation rather than all-new material.


Thirteen Days To Midnight was a teenage fiction book DD3 borrowed from the Library, and enjoyed it so much she gave it to me to read. I also really enjoyed it, but the end was mega-creepy. I would not let this go in the hands of an under-13 year old.......what would you do if you had the power to stop people from dying ? How to choose who will live and who will die?



Alexandria is another wonderful Roman mystery novel starring Falco and his wife, the inimitable Helena Justina :-)


Call The Ambulance was a heart-rending and hysterical insight into the life of an ambulance man who has had  a very long career in the service and seen the very best and worst of situations in which people can be precipitated..
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2 comments:

debd said...

always enjoy your mini-reviews. I've read two of Phinn's books and loved them both. Call an Ambulance sounds like a good one too.

elizabeth said...

lots of good reads here!