Category Archives: 2013 New Reads

REVIEW: Christie Malry’s Own Double-Entry – B. S. Johnson

Picador 2013, originally published by Collins 1973 The title of this novel may seem a bit rude, but it refers to a method of accountancy invented by an Italian monk in the late fifteenth century (apparently). Christie Malry, being a … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Torrent – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2013) Book 1 in Rust and Relics series Delia and Simon are wandering around Arizona in their campervan using Delia’s archaeological knowledge (and her Indiana Jones-ish bullwhip skills) and Simon’s tech wizardry to locate and retrieve historical artefacts … Continue reading

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BOOK TO SCREEN: White Mischief

1987 film directed by Michael Radford White Mischief tells the story of the still-unsolved murder of Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll, in Kenya in 1941. Erroll was well-known for being in a louche set in Kenya – his impressive … Continue reading

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Wild places, or, reading and not blogging

I’ve fallen into a blogging hole again, and it’s not because I haven’t been reading. Oh no. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been reading too much, and it’s seemed like much more fun to go pick up another book than to … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Penguin Lines – various authors

The London Underground is 150 years old this year. In commemoration of this, Penguin have issued a series of books, one for each of the Underground Lines (the East London although not now in existence, has its own book, Buttoned … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Original Sin – P. D. James

This is the tenth of P. D. James’ crime novels featuring her Metropolitan Police detective Adam Dalgliesh. Dalgliesh is a direct fictional descendent of Ngaio Marsh’s Roderick Alleyn, though James’ novels are much more modern and less concerned with the … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Everyday Dancer – Deborah Bull

Deborah Bull was formerly a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, and her aim in this book is to give an idea about what a typical day (if one exists) in the life of a professional dancer in a large … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Murder Actually – Stephanie McCarthy

Elspeth Gray, a romance novelist in her mid-thirties, has been living in All Hallows (a small town in New York) following her divorce. She treads safe and unthreatening ground with her books, and proclaims her distaste for crime novels. However, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Ysabel – Guy Gavriel Kay

Ned Marriner is in the south of France with his famous photographer father, who’s taking pictures for a new book. Also along for the ride is Edward Marriner’s ultra-competent assistant, Melanie, and Greg and Steve, who also help out by … Continue reading

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REVIEW: The Last Light of the Sun – Guy Gavriel Kay

This novel, set in the same world as the Sarantine Mosaic duology and The Lions of Al-Rassan, takes as its starting point the reign of Alfred the Great and his struggles against the raiding Danes. In Kay’s world, the Danes … Continue reading

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