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Read Through History: August 2015

What has summer been like where you are? Mind you, there are some parts of the world where summer hasn’t arrived yet but I bet it’s still warmer than it’s been here sometimes this month! Still, there have been some nice days and it could be worse…

Anyhow, I would say here’s what historical fiction has been taken from (and returned to) the Local Library but there’s a few other gems here:

  • Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl. I can’t remember the last time I read one of his books but I thought I’d try these after them being recommended. Very clever.
  • Centurion and Assassin by Ian Corey. Back to the Romans where a Praetorian Centurion has to investigate an attack on the Imperial Family. Well worth a read.
  • Tenacity by J. S. Law. I went to the launch of this book at the Submarine Museum in Gosport. A good night all round and I can recommend this thriller set on a nuclear submarine.
  • The Tudor Secret by Christopher Gortner. A thrilling mystery set during the last days of Edward VI.
  • Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman. I’ve not yet finished this but I’m enjoying it very much. The dialogue, in particular, is very authentic.

So that’s this month and… it’s stopped raining! Right, time to go to the shops! Happy Bank Holiday, everyone.


Read Through History: July 2015

Afternoon. This month has been busy but I’ve got some reading in, although there have been deviations from the historical fiction path, but it’s good to try other things from time to time.

1) Blood Feud by Rosemary Sutcliff. This was lent to me by a colleague and I knew, after enjoying Eagle of the Ninth, I would like this too. I was not disappointed. It was also nice to read something about the Norsemen again.

2) Lord of Misrule by Christopher Lee. As one of Britain’s finest ever actors passed away a few weeks ago, I thought it was time to read his autobiography. He certainly led a very full and interesting life.

3) The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I thought it was about time I read this classic book and it’s one of his finest. I look forward to seeing some of the films that were adapted from it.

4) SS-GB by Len Deighton. Another alternative history about the Nazis winning the Second World War. Worth reading and I look forward to seeing the upcoming dramatisation (speaking of which, when is the rest of Man in the High Castle going to appear?)

5) The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen. Another alternative history where the son of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn lives and succeeds his father as King Henry IX. Very interesting, especially the politics side.

6) Back Story by David Mitchell. I fancied a change and chose another autobiography from my bookshelf. Very funny as you would expect from the Peep Show star.