52 Books Challenge: #13 The Stranger House


Another standalone novel from Reginald Hill, The Stranger House is set once again in his (and my) native Cumbria. The action centres on the village pub in Illthwaite, Stranger House, almost the last surviving “social centre” of the village having lost its shops and its post office, but still having its church, several farms, and … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #13 The Stranger House

52 Books Challenge: #12 The little Book Of Mindful Travel


A little book but BIG on mindful travel tips to enhance any journey, holiday or visit. Written by Tiddy Rowan it really is pint-sized and small enough to fit into your pocket or bag. The author uses many quotes from the writing from authors such as Mark Twain, Douglas Adams, Jack Kerouac, Gustavo Flaubert to … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #12 The little Book Of Mindful Travel

52 Books Challenge: #11 Company of Liars


Company of Liars is a novel set in the 14th Century, written by Karen Maitland and narrated for Audible by David Thorpe. It is 1348 and The Plague has just arrived in England and is spreading northwards from Bristol. A group of travellers decide to stick together as they attempt to outstrip the contagion by … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #11 Company of Liars

52 Books Challenge: #10 Children of Ruin


Children of Ruin is the second book in the Children of Time science fiction series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I have read the first, but it was a real battle to keep going as the timeline of the plot switched backwards and forwards across a thousand years, and between an Earth ark ship, a scientific mission … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #10 Children of Ruin

52 Books Challenge: #9 The Woodcutter


Reginald Hill is a Cumbrian, as am I, and the author of the well known Dalziel & Pascoe detective series of novels. The Woodcutter is one of his standalone novels described as a psychological thriller. The central character is Wilf Hadda, commonly known as Wolf Hadda, a successful businessman. Successful until one day the police … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #9 The Woodcutter