Dear Reader I read it book review ‘The Blackhouse by Peter May

The last detective stories I read were Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  I have been known to read the occasional Agatha Christie – oh and there was that Patricia Cornwell book about Walter Sickert being Jack the Ripper (which I didn’t like – and was still a little  bit furious with ), I digress already.  IContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it book review ‘The Blackhouse by Peter May”

Dear Reader I read it ‘Pure’ by Andrew Miller

The backdrop of the story is a Paris graveyard called Les Innocents. The time period is 1785, just before the French Revolution. Young engineer Jean-Baptiste Baratte has been commissioned by the French government to clear the ancient burial ground of its church and mouldering graveyard in the Les Halles area of Paris. The miners BaratteContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it ‘Pure’ by Andrew Miller”

Dear Reader I read it ‘My Fault’ by Billy Childish’

I have recently  finished reading  ‘My Fault’ by artist/poet/writer and musician Billy Childish and I am now  half way through his second book Notebooks of a Naked Youth.   My Fault is about growing up – the hard way.  Childish writes forcibly and sometimes brutally as his alter ego Steven Hamperson.   There is so much honesty and at timesContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it ‘My Fault’ by Billy Childish’”

Dear Reader I read it Book Review: Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton It was only the other week that I found a cache of Patrick Hamilton books in Borders book shop.  I had promised myself that I would read the rest of his books, having greatly enjoyed ‘20,000 Streets under the Sky‘.  I bought ‘Hangover Square’, ‘The Slaves of Solitude‘ and theContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it Book Review: Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton”

Dear Reader – I read them

  what I’m reading at the moment I really must catch up with reviews of all the books and films I have seen!  The list is long, and although I do find myself taking notes (on the films) there never seems to be enough time to write it all down.  So, in a nutshell here’s aContinue reading “Dear Reader – I read them”

Dear Reader I read it ‘The Gorse trilogy’ by Patrick Hamilton

patrick hamilton I have just finished reading The Gorse Trilogy by Patrick Hamilton. Though I enjoyed most of it, I felt the end  (the third part) was lacking in conclusion, though the promise was there. Yes, I was disappointed in the end. Hamilton seemed to be just filling the last couple of pages with wordsContinue reading “Dear Reader I read it ‘The Gorse trilogy’ by Patrick Hamilton”

Dear Reader I Read it Book Review ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s tale’ by Chris Firth’

Well I have just finished ‘Branwell Bronte”s Barbers Tale by Chris Firth.  It has taken me ages too.  It’s not a particularly thick book but I have been reading it before I go to sleep and eking it out.  I really enjoyed this tale of intrigue, mystery and supposition.  The authors description of the barbersContinue reading “Dear Reader I Read it Book Review ‘Branwell Bronte’s Barber’s tale’ by Chris Firth’”

Book Review ‘London Belongs to Me’ by Norman Collins

Just finished ‘London belongs to me’ by Norman Collins, and it’s took me quite a while to read it (just saving it for bedtime reading).  I enjoyed it very much.  On the face of it looked like it may have mirrored Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square’, but apart from it being set in a shared house inContinue reading “Book Review ‘London Belongs to Me’ by Norman Collins”

Book Review ‘Wedlock, How Georgian Britain’s worse husband met his match’ by Wendy Moore

Just finished reading ‘Wedlock‘ by Wendy Moore.  The rest of the title says it all really: ‘How Georgian Britain’s worse husband met his match’.  The lady in question was Mary Eleanor Bowes,  daughter of a very wealthy coal magnate who died when she was only 11.  Intelligent, confident, wealthy and quite nice looking, the young MaryContinue reading “Book Review ‘Wedlock, How Georgian Britain’s worse husband met his match’ by Wendy Moore”

Book: The worst street by Fiona Rule

Where does the time fly to?  It is a couple of weeks or so since I last posted on here.  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy reading though – or watching.  I have now finished ‘The worst street in London’ by Fiona Rule.  The street in question is Dorset Street, Spitalfields London.  I wasContinue reading “Book: The worst street by Fiona Rule”