Swapping between Greenwich, the Kent coast and a brief trip to Eastbourne, Detective Inspector Ellen Kelly led us through her latest case. Hard hitting, fascinating and disturbing. I was hooked for a week.
‘Early in the morning men prepare their souls and their equipment for the forthcoming battle. Sounds of stone on blades and murmured Latin prayers are soon drowned out by the din of the drums calling the men to muster.’
On the 22nd August 1485 Henry Tudor brought a small rebel army to face the much larger Royal army of King Richard III.
The Battle of Bosworth heralded the dawn of the Tudor Age. England would never be the same again. The Church of England was founded and the British Empire was born.
‘Why, our battalion trebles that account:
Besides, the king’s name is a tower of strength,
Which they upon the adverse party want.
Up with my tent there! Valiant gentlemen,
Let us survey the vantage of the field
Call for some men of sound direction
Let’s want no discipline, make no delay,
For, lords, to-morrow is a busy day.
William Shakespeare. Richard III Act V, Scene 3 Bosworth Field.
Brushed up on my Battle of Bosworth today at: https://www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/
Reading Down to Earth was a journey back to my childhood. A nostalgic trip down memory lane being in the garden with my dad, also a horticultural by trade. Working with the seasons, preparing and working the ground, planting and harvesting. Learning to live with nature, not against it.
‘… all good gardens are as much about the people that make them as the plants growing in them.’
Four hundred and nine years ago today, 2 May 2020, we had a New Bible. After seven years work, the King James Bible, a new version of the Christian holy book in English, is published for the first time in London. It was commissioned in 1604 and completed as well as published in 1611 under the sponsorship of James VI.
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had never heard of Michael McCreary- and I didn’t know a lot about Autism. I feel I learnt a lot during the course of this book and will also now look out for Michael McCreary’s comedy.
What do you think of the 2020 shortlisted titles? I’d love to know.
Deadly Primrose by Suzette A Hill
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Quintessentially English with hints of Agatha Raisin in the main character Primrose Oughtergard. Part of the Francis Oughtergard series by Suzette Hill . Set in East Sussex it had local attraction for me. it was OK- cosy crime with a comedy slant.
Following on from the previous post, here are some of the 2020 World Book Night Titles. Which ones will you be reading or have already read?
#World Book Night 2020
BE PART OF A MULTI-VOICED READ-ALOUD OF I GO QUIET!
How should I sound?
How should I look?
When it’s my turn to speak, I go quiet.
David Ouimet is one of Shortlisted authors for the East Sussex Children’s Book Award- #ESCBA.
Check out this exciting venture on the above link.
Concentrating on a full book at the moment can be difficult! Sample the first chapters of a huge range of new books and see what takes your fancy.
What with working from home, as well as everyone at home together,I am definitely having trouble concentrating on reading at the moment. Really annoying when to my mind I should have loads more reading time. So I love this idea from the Reading Agency Hub.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was good. Had me looking up the ‘Ten Little Soldiers’ nursery rhyme to guess the murders. I am really loving rediscovering Agatha.This novel is based on the poem and the deaths of her characters directly reflect the circumstances of the rhyme:
Ten Little Soldier Boys
Ten Little Soldier Boys went out to Dine, one choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine Little Soldier Boys stayed up very late; One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight Little Soldier Boys travelling in Devon; One said he’d stay there and then there were seven.
Seven Little Soldier Boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.
Six Little Soldier Boys playing with a hive; A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five Little Soldier Boys going through a door; One stubbed his toe and then there were four.
Four Little Soldier Boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three Little Soldier Boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two Little Soldier Boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One Little Soldier Boy left all alone; He went and hanged himself and then there were none.
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