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Archive for March, 2014

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.


The Vikings are on Their Way…

So, who is looking forward to the upcoming Vikings Exhibition at the British Museum?

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: