52 Books Challenge #24 Lamentation … Of a Sinful Queen Catherine Parr


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

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

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