52 Books Challenge: #23 Heartstone


It is 1545 in England, Henry VIII is still on the throne and has had a disastrous outcome to his invasion of France. The French have assembled a massive fleet and are retaliating by intending to invade England. To finance these campaigns Henry has debased the common currency by adulterating the silver coins with 20% … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #23 Heartstone

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: #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: #3 Time, Big Ideas!


Time, written by Eva Hoffman is one of the books in the Big Ideas series in which writers are encouraged to think about our world afresh including politics, our passions and preoccupations, and our ways of seeing the world. They are meant to stir debate ...... let's see if it's worked with myself, and then … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #3 Time, Big Ideas!