Books of the Year 2018

Books of the Year 2018

It is Christmas present buying time, so time for my Books of the Year 2018. I’ve been spoiled for choice this year, with a constant…

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Great Autumn crime fiction

Great Autumn crime fiction

I’ve been lucky enough to read two fantastic brand new crime fiction novels in the last couple of months – the latest in the Cormoran…

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How to give up plastic

How to give up plastic

How to give up plastic by Will McCallum is a great book to read if you are thinking about what more you can do to…

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September reading

September reading

On my twice daily hour-long commute on the train into and out of London, it is very rare for a fellow passenger to strike up…

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Jane Austen and Elephants

Jane Austen and Elephants

I have long been a fan of Jane Austen and I am also a huge fan of the fabulous Lucy Worsley, who does such a…

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Yes We (Still) Can

Yes We (Still) Can

I have been a regular listener of the podcast Pod Save America since it launched in the dark days of January 2017 before Donald Trump…

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Summer reading

Summer reading

Since getting back from holiday in mid-June I have read an eclectic mix of books. I started with The President is Missing by James Patterson…

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Zanzibar reading

Zanzibar reading

Relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar after an amazing safari in Kenya gave me time to read two great historical novels – The Burning Chambers…

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Kenya reading

Kenya reading

I’m just back from a wonderful safari in Kenya and I managed to squeeze a bit of reading in between game drives (it’s a hard…

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A World of Strangers

A World of Strangers

I have just finished reading A World of Strangers by Nadine Gordimer, an original Penguin paperback from 1958 that was given to me by my…

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