This book by Neal Atherton fits neatly into my constantly repeated expression “it’s not about the wine”. French Wine Uncorked is a beautifully written book describing the authors visits to some places where wine is made, meeting some people who make the wine, who talk about the history and culture of their endeavours, while he … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #28 French Wine Uncorked
Memories of a chemical boyhood from Oliver Sacks which match many of my own as I also grew up fascinated by many of the discoveries of the giants of chemistry during the 19th and early 20th Century. A fascinating insight into the upbringing of a renowned neurologist.
Mountain of Mars by Glynn Stewart is the 8th book in the Starship’s Mage series. Easy to tell from the cover that it’s a science fiction series with a touch of magic thrown in so it crosses over into the fantasy genre too. I think it would be unfair and possibly confusing if I directly … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#26 Mountain of Mars) With a touch of magic!
Tombland by CJ Sansom is the 7th novel in the Matthew Shardlake series, set in England 1549. King Henry VIII is dead and his 11 year old son Edward (VI) has inherited the throne with Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, acting as Lord Protector. Matthew, Sergeant at Law of Lincoln’s Inn is in the service … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #25 Tombland and The Norfolk Rebellion
King Henry VIII is slowly dying and his closest councillors are wielding their increasing freedom of power to pursue their personal agendas of Protestantism or Catholicism. Against this backdrop the general population of London live in absolute terror not knowing whether they could be accused of heresy by EITHER side, even for possession of rosary … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge #24 Lamentation … Of a Sinful Queen Catherine Parr