Review: THE DROWNED CITY, by K.J. Maitland

Published by Headline Review in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio. Hardback published 1st April 2021, £16.99 A book by KJ Maitland is always something to savour. She has an enviable reputation both as a crime writer and expert in the beliefs and daily lives of our ancestors. In previous books she has delved into the … Continue reading

Review: THE LAST BERSERKER by Angus Donald, Canelo

ISBN e-book:  978 1 80032 186 1        £3.99  Paperback: 978 1 80032 187 8 £8.99 I am not big on Vikings. I read a lot about them in the 1980s, but there was not a lot in their history that grabbed my attention. I was always more drawn to the first kings … 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 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