Meet celebrity biographer Nigel Lush, WW1 veteran Leonard Stidges, Sir Maurice and Lady Brearley of the Budeholme Estate, and campaigning journalist, Arnie Stidges. Five characters from Michael Murray’s epic novel, Magnificent Britain. Nigel Lush “As a biographer he’d always had an uneasy relationship with the truth.” Part One of Magnificent Britain is set in 1971.…… Continue reading 5 characters in search of a reader
I’m what you might call a “fair weather” gardener. In other words, I only enjoy gardening when the sun is shining. I’ve no interest in gardening in the pouring rain or when a gale is blowing. Or even a shower or a strong breeze. Consequently, my gardening can be a bit erratic. As you probably…… Continue reading Time to get back in the garden
As an Amazon Prime subscriber I get the offer of ebooks to read at no additional cost and 29 Seconds was one of those. I don’t read thrillers very often as so many are formulaic and become tedious quite quickly. That said, some titles such as Robert Harris’ Enigma and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl are…… Continue reading Book Blog: 29 Seconds by TM Logan
One year ago today I had bowel cancer surgery. As I explained in a previous post, just before Christmas 2019 the oncologist and surgical teams decided to stop my drugs therapy and undertake surgery. I’d been diagnosed mid 2017 with advanced bowel cancer that had metastasised into my liver and pelvic bone. For two and…… Continue reading Cancer surgery in the age of Covid
John Erskine Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. Image by Rebecca Jasso from Pixabay Pablo Casals Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart. Image by v-3-5-N-a from Pixabay George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss Life seems to go on…… Continue reading 5 lovely music quotes to make your day.
This was another novel I read after watching a filmed dramatisation on Netflix. (See The Queen’s Gambit previously.) It’s an historical novel set on the eve of World War Two. The action takes place at the site of the famous archaeological dig at Sutton Hoo. The author, John Preston, is a journalist who discovered that…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Dig by John Preston
This is a walk at the South Bay, Bridlington in November 2008.
Readers who use a Kindle or Kindle App may find this free download of interest. On Saturday March 13th, Julia’s Room is free to download. This is Pacific Standard Time not GMT so UK readers might have to wait for America to wake up before the download is available. Julia’s Room is a novella by…… Continue reading Julia’s Room is free today!
I recently finished reading Helen Dunmore’s first novel, Zennor in Darkness. Published in 1993, the book won the McKitterick Prize the following year. Zennor in Darkness is a World War One novel set in Cornwall. Essentially a love story between Clare Coyne and her cousin John, there’s also a fascinating sub-plot based on the true-life…… Continue reading Book Blog: Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore
If you watched “the interview” on Monday evening, you may have been amused by the anecdote about the curtsy. It certainly made me smile. Meghan was describing her first encounter with the Queen and how Harry had asked her if she could curtsy. Apparently they spent several minutes practicing before the introductions were made. Afterwards…… Continue reading Can you curtsy?