Review: SHIELD OF THE RISING SUN, by Adam Lofthouse, published by Lume Books

ISBN: 978 1 83901197 9 I am writing this in a room in a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. Outside the weather looks bright and clear, with clouds thinly covering the skies. In here it’s warm and not humid, and the room is in many ways a typical conference centre type of bedroom. However, there … Continue reading

Review: JOHN HERRING by Sabine Baring-Gould

Praxis Books, ISBN 978 09559517 01 – paperback £12.50 In these pages I tend to review more modern books, specifically crime – but I am changing. This is a case in point.  What is different about this book? Well, for one thing, the cover is a fabulous, really fabulous photograph. I have to say that … Continue reading

REVIEW: IN THE WOODS by Tana French, published by Hodder

ISBN 978 1 444 75834 4 Paperback £8.99 If you fancy a copy, here’s a link: https://amzn.to/3i6uFaR This is a book I read early this year. It was recommended to me while I was on a Smithsonian Journeys tour last October. I was the Smithsonian Expert for the trip, and one of the clients, an … Continue reading

Review: NAPOLEON’S RUN by Jonathan Spencer, published by Canelo

ISBN – (e-book) 978 1 80032 073 4 priced £1.99 For a man like me, raised on the classic Hornblower series, and later the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brien, there is a curious inevitability of every so often picking up a book and discovering it is, yawn, yet again a story about the British navy … Continue reading

Review: A COTSWOLD ORDEAL by Rebecca Tope

Published by Allison and Busby; ISBN: 9780749082680 paperback, price £7.99 No, I didn’t get this free – I bought it! I have to start with a personal disclosure – I have know Rebecca for many years, and she’s a good friend. But then again, any author who reviews books will very likely know the author … Continue reading

Review BUGLES AND A TIGER and THE ROAD PAST MANDALAY by John Masters

Review BUGLES AND A TIGER and THE ROAD PAST MANDALAY by John Masters, both published by Phoenix, part of Orion Books I am indebted today to “English Sailor”, who watched my YouTube video about John Masters (it’s here – https://youtu.be/mc-8fkmntRQ – if you want to see it), and suggested these two books. It is vanishingly … Continue reading

Review: THE GOOD LIAR

ISBN: Paperback – 9780241973295 There are few matters which are more likely, in my household, to cause dissent and dispute, than the selection of a film to watch. Here we tend not to watch too much television. Correction: my wife and I don’t watch much television. Obviously things are different for our children. They will … Continue reading

Review: THE GREAT SWINDLE

By Paul Lemaitre (Translated by Frank Wynne) ISBN: 9781623659035 I have relied for some years now on two companies, Oxbow Books and Postscript Books (psbooks on the internet), for much of my research material. Both publish a wide range of books that have been discarded by publishers. Rather than see them shredded, publishers sell them … Continue reading

Service, Love, Death and Renewal

Review: LONG WAY HOME by Dan Jarvis, published by Little, Brown ISBN: Hardback – 978 1 4087 1072 2 I know that in the past I have reviewed George MacDonald-Fraser’s excellent QUARTERED SAFE OUT HERE, which was his memoir of his experiences during the Second World War and the Burma campaign. But just now I … Continue reading

Review: The Stranger.

(Hint: buy it now!) THE STRANGER, by Simon Conway, published by Hodder & Stoughton ISBN: 9781529 332100 This is a good time for reviewers, obviously. Not only do we get time to sit back and read, but publishers are keen to send books out with a view to having some form – any form – … Continue reading