I haven’t yet read any of Peter James’s Roy Grace series- set around Brighton and East Sussex. I will do now. James’s books draw on in-depth research into the lives of Brighton and Hove police. His friend Graham Bartlett was a long-serving detective in the city once described as Britain’s ‘crime capital’. Together, in Death Comes Knocking, they have written a gripping account of the city’s most challenging cases. I really enjoyed these real life vignettes of the crime world in and around Brighton, as told by Graham Bartlett- especially fascinated with the chapter on Brighton and Hove Football Club and the policing involved on match days. Looking forward to making my way through the fictional series now.
Another cracking crime novel by my favourite local author. I love the Eastbourne series with investigative journalist Dee Doran. Quite complicated plots, but fast paced with lots of local references. Brilliant!
This book will stay with me for a long time. We hear about freedom fighters on the news- young British Muslims going off to fight the jihad and the horrors this involves, but the huge reality of the consequences and the devastation on themselves and their families is often not comprehended . Kamila Shamsie goes right to the heart of this in succinct, no-nonsense prose. Direct, matter of fact and hard hitting. The words smacked you in the face before you realised what had happened. Enjoyed it? Maybe not. However I was deeply moved.
Always been a bit nervous of house shares with strangers. You never know the hidden depths of your house mates. Now I know I was right to be cautious. Who is your friend and who don’t you trust? Dark secrets and a social experiment keep the pace moving in this psychological narrative.
I grew up in the seventies and remember hearing about the Jeremy Thorpe trial on the six 0’clock news. Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe was accused of hiring Andrew Newton to murder Norman Scott, whom Jeremy Thorpe had been having a sexual relationship with, when homosexuality was still illegal. Scott had spent many years trying to reveal his sexual relationship with Mr Thorpe, contributing to Mr Thorpe’s loss of leadership of the Liberal party. The case came to trial at the Old Bailey in 1979, where Thorpe was eventually acquitted of conspiracy to murder. The British Establishment at it’s worst, portrayed very well by John Preston.
This was the story of Jesus from A woman’s perspective. It’s also about Mary Magdalene’s relationship with Jesus. It is a book of revelation, that embraces a different aspect of Christianity- women are equal with men and their spirituality is recognised and celebrated. I have read this over the Easter weekend, which felt quite apt. Putting aside any Christian beliefs, I love the old and new Testaments for the wonderful stories that they are and I always enjoy stories re- worked from the woman’s viewpoint. I really enjoyed this.
The Dig is based on the true story of a hugely consequential 1939 archaeological excavation of ancient mounds, on the property of Edith Pretty, at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England. I spent more time checking actual events than reading the book and following various archaeological blogs and Twitter sites. No prizes for guessing where my next road trip will be.
Continuing my current Royal phase… this book is Meghan’s and Harry’s journey, form first date up to 2020. I am a Royalist. I read this in the light of the recent Oprah interview with Meghan. Although I am not a Meghan fan, there is no denying Harry’s devotion to his wife- above all else. I think we can all get wrapped up in the media moral frenzy of Meghan knew what she was marrying into, so don’t try and change it and certainly don’t complain. But Harry loves his wife and is devoted to his family. He saw what happened to his mother and didn’t want the same for his wife. He wants his wife to be happy so did what he needed to. I’m still not a Meghan fan, but the author made me think from another angle.
I thought this would be more of a travelogue- I must have read the blurb wrong. It was more of a self realisation narrative, which is not usually my thing, but I made it to the end. Thought-provoking, I quite liked it.
From my mum’s recipe book today it is all about cheap, nourishing meals. My mum was the youngest of fourteen children and she was brought up through the Second World war and subsequent rationing. My grandmother had to feed the kids nutritious meals on a very tight budget. so here is my granny/ mum’s recipe for lentil soup. I now cook it for my family in the soup pan passed down and used by three generations of women for over a hundred years. That pan and this recipe is part of my heritage.