52 Books Challenge: (#22 Sovereign) A complex medieval plot!


Thomas Cromwell is dead, executed for “treason” but having been seriously undermined by other powerful forces around King Henry VIII. Sovereign is the 3rd book in CJ Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake series, set in 1541 as King Henry embarks on his “Progress” to the North from London and ending at York. This is where he will … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#22 Sovereign) A complex medieval plot!

52 Books Challenge: (#21 Dark Fire) A medieval thriller!


It is now 1540, Henry VIII still on the throne and Matthew Shardlake the Lincoln’s Inn lawyer is defending a young woman accused of murdering her cousin. Dark Fire is book 2 in this series by CJ Sansom and one in which Matthew is sent for by Thomas Cromwell yet again. Cromwell is King Henry’s … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: (#21 Dark Fire) A medieval thriller!

52 Books Challenge: #18 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell


If you like novels set in Victorian England typified by Sherlock Holmes and Dickens then this book is for you. It has elements of a fantasy genre because it is set in an alternative England where magic is possible. If you enjoy my review you may like to know it’s available as a video series too.

52 Books Challenge: #16 Where We Are, The State of Britain Now


Everyone who voted, either way, in the UKs Brexit referendum of 2016 should read this book. Equally it will be extremely enlightening to those of you who are not U.K. citizens/nationals and want to understand Brexit a little better and to consider a philosophers view of identity, the nation state, English Common Law, secularism, globalisation, … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #16 Where We Are, The State of Britain Now