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What I Read in February 2014

Last month I sought to disprove the theory that men cannot do more than one thing at a time. How did I do that? I had more than one book on the go at the time!

1) The Bone Thief by V. M. Whitworth – set after the death of Alfred the Great where a young monk from Mercia is sent to recover the bones of a saint while avoiding Norsemen and Wessexmen.

2) To Kill Rasputin by Andrew Cook – interesting biography of the Tsarina’s friend. Haven’t read a biography for a while so it was good to get back into it.

3) The Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell – the latest installment in the Saxon Series.

4) Britain’s Master Spy by Sidney Reilly – the Ace of Spies’ memoirs

5) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – And a signed copy, too!

6) The Norseman by Jason Born – featuring well known Norsemen Erik the Red, Leif Eriksson and Olaf Tryggvasson

7) Moura: The Dangerous Life of Baroness Budberg by Nina Berberova – a biography of an aristocrat who lived during the Russian Revolution.

8) Viking Dawn by Henry Treece – written in the 50s for younger people, this book is worth a read.

9) Go Spy the Land by George Alexander Hill – the memoirs of a British Spy.

10) Sharpe’s Sword by Bernard Cornwell

What do you mean that doesn’t count as doing more than one thing at a time? I can cook a roast dinner too if that counts.

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The Vikings are on Their Way…

So, who is looking forward to the upcoming Vikings Exhibition at the British Museum? http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/vikings.aspx

If you want some books to read to get you in the mood then this post from Richard Lee (Founder of the Historical Novel Society) is a good place to start: http://www.waterstones.com/blog/2014/03/bring-on-the-vikings/