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: #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: #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: #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