Category Archives: British

The Wars of the Roses:

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones 2014 / 416 pages read by John Curless 15h 7m rating 9 / history – England 15th century (I both read and … Continue reading

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The Plantagenets

The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England by Dan Jones 2012 / 580 pages read by Clive Chafer/ 20h 49m rating: 9 – history of England “The prince was drunk.”   So begins Jones fast-paced, bloody  and insightful … Continue reading

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how to be both

how to be both by Ali Smith 2014/ 384 pages rating – 9 / general fiction The introductory material says this book (even e-book) can be read in two ways – the EYES section first and then the CAMERA section … Continue reading

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The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 2015 / 326  pages Read by  Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher / 10h 59m Rating:  A / crime (thriller) Something happened to Rachel but she can’t remember what it was – she was drunk … Continue reading

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Proof

Proof by Dick Francis 1984 / 272 pages read by Simon Prebble 9h 43m rating B+  / Crime (traditional/thriller) Dick Francis is an old standby for me – I started reading his books in the 1980s, I think,  and every … Continue reading

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A Place of Execution

A Place of Execution by Val McDermid 2000 / 486 pages Read by Paddy Glynn 14h 34m rating A- / crime I’ve heard this is a classic as well as being a multiple award-winner and I can see that.  I wish … Continue reading

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An Evil Eye

An Evil Eye by Jason Goodwin 2011  /301 pages Read by Stephen Hoye 9h 34m Rating:  B- /historical crime (Yashim the Eunuch Series, Book 4) I’ve been reading along in the Yashim series ever since The Janissary Tree (2007) and have to say … Continue reading

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The Children Act

The Children Act by Ian McEwan 2013 / 221 pages Rating:  8/ fiction When a court determines any question with respect to … the upbringing of a child … the child’s welfare shall be the court’s paramount consideration. —SECTION 1( … Continue reading

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Mrs. Queen Takes the Train

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn 2012 / 384 pages Read by Simon Prebble 9h 33m Rating:  7.5 / fun fiction This is coming up on a reading group (BookGroupList) and I’m reading it a bit early because … Continue reading

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Human Voices

Human Voices by Penelope Fitzgerald 1988 / Kindle (2013)  144 pages rating 8 / fiction The setting is WWII (1940)  England in the offices and studios of the BBC where the remaining staff tries to accommodate the new facts and … Continue reading

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The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton * 2014 / 421 pages * read by Davina Porter 13h 17m rating:  7 / historical fiction I had a very hard time coming up with a review or a rating for this book.  I was … Continue reading

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The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café

The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café by Alexander McCall Smith 2014 / 257 pages read by Lisette Lecat / 9h 55m rating A++ (for enjoyment) / contemp fiction / Botswana Aaaaahhhh!   A fix from the war-filled, depressing books I’ve been reading … Continue reading

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