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Read Through History: April 2016

It’s a Bank Holiday and spring is… springing? Anyhow, here’s what I read over April between running a half marathon and praying my knee didn’t fall off afterwards:

1) Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Now I know this isn’t historical fiction but I did see somewhere it’s future history and I fancied a change. Very interesting book and I hope to read the other two at some point.

2) Conan Doyle and the Mysterious World of Light by Matt Wingett. I went to Matt’s talk on Sir Arthur as part of the Portsmouth Bookfest. A very fascinating account on how the creator of Sherlock Holmes became a Spiritualist.

3) Making History by Stephen Fry. Another winner of the Sidewise Award which looks into the consequences of two people stopping Hitler from being born. A worthy winner.

4) The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. After many, many recommendations I finally got round to reading this. Glad I did, too.

5) Vespasian: False God of Rome by Robert Fabbri. After really enjoying the first two ages ago I finally got round to reading number three and picked up where the last one left off. Today I started the fourth one.

Anyway, enjoy the last couple of hours of the Bank Holiday (unless you’re reading this at the end of the month, in which case enjoy the whole Bank Holiday. Or you’ve travelled back in time…)