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: #6 Magna Carta; The True Story


I first gazed upon an "original copy" of the Magna Carta about 10 years ago in Salisbury Cathedral. Housed in a special room and enclosed in a large glass case its size and look bears no resemblance to the power and influence this document has had on world history over 800 years. I also visited … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #6 Magna Carta; The True Story

52 Books Challenge: #5 Buddhism For Busy People


I don’t think I’ve ever written a negative review of any book I’ve read. If it’s bad I would usually just chuck it at the point I’d had enough and move on. So, am I about to write a negative review on this book? Well ..... yes and no! It’s my own fault of course, … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #5 Buddhism For Busy People

52 Books Challenge: #4 Children of Time


I rarely write reviews of works of fiction, but this book is part of my 52 Books Challenge with Goodreads so I'd better get used to it. Children of Time is a science fiction novel written by Adrian Tchaikovsky and is the first in what is to become a space operaseries. It tells the story of … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #4 Children of Time

Your Top 10 Books: Do you know them?


My 52 Books Challenge via Goodreads is well underway now, but as some of you may have gathered the challenge really is to write 52 Book Reviews. I will probably read more than 52 books across the year but not review all of them. Anyway, with such a focus on getting organised for this book … Continue reading Your Top 10 Books: Do you know them?