Monthly Archives: July 2011

Choir books of Siena

Last weekend we were staying near Siena for a wedding (my husband’s cousin) in the city, and while we were there we took the opportunity to visit the cathedral. It’s a beautiful building, though quite different to the plain unpainted … Continue reading

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The Father Brown stories – G. K. Chesterton

The first Father Brown story, The Blue Cross, was published in 1910, and many other stories followed, being collected into five volumes: The Innocence of Father Brown (1911), The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914), The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926), … Continue reading

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CryoBurn – Lois McMaster Bujold

(Baen e-book 2010) This is the latest in Bujold’s Vorkosigan series of sci-fi novels, coming some years after the events told in Diplomatic Immunity: Miles is married to Ekaterin, they have four children in addition to Ekaterin’s son Nikki, and … Continue reading

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False Colours – Georgette Heyer

(Random House e-book 2005, originally published 1963) This is one of my favourites of Georgette Heyer’s historical novels – unusually, it’s told predominantly from the viewpoint of the hero, a nice touch. Christopher Fancot, working for the diplomatic service in … Continue reading

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The Nonesuch – Georgette Heyer

(Random House e-book 2005, originally published 1962) In Heyer’s later years, she wrote a number of historical romances featuring slightly older heroines (in their late twenties rather than their late teens), and The Nonesuch is one of these. Ancilla Trent … Continue reading

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To All Appearance, Dead – Liz Filleul

(Bettany Press e-book 2007) Amongst my childhood reading were stories of boarding school life, particularly that of the Chalet School of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (whose readers will instantly recognise the derivation of the book’s title). There’s a very strong community … Continue reading

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Bedside books

I do quite a lot of reading in (and on) bed – mostly because it’s the most comfortable place in the house to sit for a long period of time. When we redecorated our bedroom, I knew I wanted bookshelves … Continue reading

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The Way to Dusty Death – Alistair MacLean

(Hodder e-book, originally published 1973) This book begins at the French Grand Prix, where a devastating collision has caused the death of a Californian driver, Isaac Jethou, and almost killed Johnny Harlow. It’s only one of a series of crashes … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

(e-book, originally published 1859) My track record with Dickens isn’t great: I’ve managed to finish only Great Expectations of his novels, and that’s only because I had to read it at school for GCSE*. I’ve previously started, and failed to … Continue reading

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