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The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language – Mark Forsyth

What a word!  I wasn’t sure I wanted to investigate what was between the covers of this intriguing, funny read.  Understanding the origin of the English language isn’t everyone’s cup of tea for a light relaxing read but I have enjoyed this so much I have to share.  Forsyth won me over to his favourite […]

Hunting Midnight – Richard Zimler

Hunting Midnight is a gripping historical fiction set in the early nineteenth century in Portugal.  A young boy is in ignorance of his Jewish heritage due to centuries of persecution against Jews across the Iberian Peninsula.  John  Zarco Stewart lives happily, greatly loved by his mother and father in the community of secret Jews.   The boy is hot-headed, impetuous, often in trouble and […]

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie – DVD

Sharing…..I have just watched the dvd  “The Adventures of Barry McKenzie”.  It was filmed nearly 40 years ago  and I remember when it came into cinemas…I never went to see it (I’d seen trailers) I had a hugh Australian cringe at the time and couldn’t imagine anything so vulgar.  I’ve grown up…or come of age.  I have […]

The Son by Jo Nesbo

Highly recommend!  A page turner! The Edgar Award nominated Norwegian author has written a fast paced thriller with a strong plot! Excellent conclusion! Nesbo’s standalone new thriller “The Son” is outstanding and equally enjoyable if not better than the author’s cleverly written Inspector Harry Hole series. When Sonny Lofthus was a teenager he was catapulted […]

Mistress by James Patterson and David Ellis

Collaboration between two great authors James Patterson and David Ellis; an intriguing plot, satisfying conclusion, but a book that didn’t rev my engine!  What happened? Ben Casper is an investigative political journalist and his best friend Diana who works for the CIA jumps from her balcony.  Ben knows it is not suicide and becomes embroiled […]

A History of Silence by Lloyd Jones

Highly recommended; flows easily, his description of the Christchurch earthquake is vivid, the prose at times exquisite, and the memoir falls into the category of “truth is stranger than fiction”.  Lloyd Jones grew up not asking questions of his mother or father’s own lives as they grew up but remembering the odd fragments he had […]

“The Eternal Wonder” by Pearl S Buck

Highly recommended! Easy to read and totally absorbing! “The Eternal Wonder” is the story from a woman who lived an extraordinary life; Buck was the daughter of missionaries in China. Pearl married a missionary and they travelled extensively throughout China. Husband and wife taught at a Nanjing university. In 1934 they left China. Missing for […]

Savage Continent – Keith Lowe

A must read for those who want to understand what life was like when WWII ended in 1945 and the dancing in the streets was over. A powerful, graphic and disturbing account of life in post-war Europe where life was hell for a further ten years.

Painstakingly researched and quoting from the world’s most respected war correspondents, political and military figures of that time Lowe has produced a book that will live in the mind of the reader long after the last page has been turned.

The work explores the physical and moral destruction of civilisation after the war; not only would infrastructure be destroyed and people reduced to living as animals but the human psyche would be so damaged men and women would lose sight of any decency toward each other; committing acts of murder, violence, looting and rape shaking their heads in bewilderment at themselves. These were the very people who had those same acts perpetrated against them during the war.

Lowe explores the disbelief of both British and the American politicians who had early knowledge of the German internment camps but would not release the information to the news media/general public feeling the information incredible. It was not until allied troops entered the camps the full horror was comprehended and filmed. Some allied troops allowed 24 hours retributions, Russian troops allowed longer against German troops and German citizens. Unfortunately, it became an indiscriminate bloodbath.
Considering the subject matter it is a surprisingly easy book to read; flows well and chapter headings for subject matter. I was engrossed in the book and discovered I had read as many chapters as I would when reading a good novel.

Keith Lowe is a British author and historian. Lowe’s works have been translated into more than a dozen languages. “Savage Continent” is an innovative history of the chaos and lawlessness that gripped Europe at the end of WWII. The book took five years to research in eight languages. “Savage Continent” was shortlisted for the 2013 Longman/History Today Prize and for English PEN’s Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History


“Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! Posted on 18 March 2013by Bibliophile You know the old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well this is the perfect example of it. The novel The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon doesn’t have the most eye-catching, attention-grabbing cover in publishing history but the … […]

Standing In Another Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin

Cantankerous, bloody-minded retired John Rebus is back… not as a Detective Inspector in the Edinburgh police force but working in a Cold Case unit. Rebus wants to reapply for admission back into the Force because the retirement age has been lifted. Unfortunately, Inspector Malcolm Fox, Internal Affairs is investigating Rebus’ unorthodox methods and thinks he […]


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