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Just finished 'The Sentence is Death' by Anthony Horowitz (the sequel to 'The Word is Murder'), in which he appears both as character and author. Like the first one, I recommend this both as a really good read and as a fairly clued detective story. Looking forward to the third in the series already. Bizarrely this is the second book in a row (after Jonathan Latimer's Headed for a Hearse') where clocks going forward or back have a role to play.

 

Now on to 'This is your death' by Dominic Devine, another author I definitely rate. This one was his last book, found in his papers after he died in 1980.

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I'm dipping in and out of Nigel Slater's Christmas Chronicals.  Its a beautifully written recipe book/memoir/diary.  If you've seen his cookery shows, its just as slow paced and meandering as those, and he appears to live in a middles class world of twinkliness and delight.  Just right for reading at this time of year.  😀

 

My friend and I have a mini reading challenge for 2019, we're going to read the ones we've each missed on here.

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/books-best-greatest-read-before-you-die-classic-novels-literature-essential-austen-orwell-dickens-a8612606.html

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Have just finished Johnny Cash.The Life...at 663 pages (hardback) quite a read but I.M.O. a very good one..a must for any Cash fans.....☺️

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Step by Step -  The Life in my Journeys - Simon Reeve.

 

interesting guy, not the middle class, well educated chap I thought he was , far from it. Suffered from depression etc as a teenager , got where he is today through hard work and enthusiasm.

 

 

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Just finished Ancillary Justice, the first part of the space opera trilogy by Ann Leckie; it won all the SF awards going a few years ago and to be fair it was pretty good. Now onto Ancillary Sword, the second part, with Ancillary Mercy still to come. It seemed to mark the beginning of a bit of a wave of intelligent-spaceships as-protagonist SF, of which Gareth Powell's Embers of War is probably going to be next up for me.

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I read the first one, but it didn't quite hook me enough to buy anymore...  I'm not sure what it was lacking, I just didn't get very engaged with it.

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The secret life of birds by Colin Tudge

Wonderfully interesting, not a dull word

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. Awful. A real disappointment after Gone Girl which I thought was pretty good. 

 

Before that, Educated by Tara Westover. The true story of the author's escape from her Mormon fundamentalist, survivalist family. Brutal but compelling.

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Just finished Robert Harris's The Fear Index.

 

I really enjoyed the main body of it, but the fizzle out ending really spoiled itself.  It's for like the author's mum had shouted him down to have his tea, so he wrote any old rubbish to sign it off.

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Image result for john o'farrell an utterly impartial history of modern britain

 

Very witty take on modern politics (left biased of course, and really, really against Thatcher, but fairly kind on Major. ). 

 

Its amazing to see so many parallels with today. Such as:

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With the PMs policies going so disastrously wrong, pollsters might have expected the Labour party to be racing ahead in the polls.
However, the Labour Party was more focused on internals battles than fighting a government destroying the jobs of Labour's natural supporters

Sounds just like today, doesn't it?  But nope, that was 1981.

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