Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

History tends to demonise Thomas Cromwell as being a dark figure, perhaps jealous of his betters due to his own low birth, and who abused his power and stopped at nothing to dissolve the monasteries. But in this book, history is told from his perspective, and we see a dynamic and loyal man, who was…

The Black Parade by Kyoko M

Jordan is a young woman with a dark past who keeps it together by working as a waitress and drinking to drown out the nightmares. She mostly keeps to herself, to keep her secret safe: she has been tasked with helping one hundred souls cross over to the other side in two years or she…

The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco

A book about books, this is the story of a young novice in the 1300’s who goes to a mysterious abbey with his master, a monk called William Of Baskerville. At that place, a papal delegation is going to be sent to debate religious doctrine that is tearing apart the fabric of society at the…

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

It seems like there is a glut of books now where two parallel narratives in two times link up to solve the mysteries of the other, one being in the past and the other being in the present. It feels like it’s own genre, perhaps. One of the finest examples of this is Sebastian Barry’s…

A Want Of Kindness by Joanne Limburg

Opening on her childhood, this book tells the story of Anne, the niece of the King of England in the 1600’s, up til she takes the throne herself in the line of succession. She’s a woman aware of her place, who loves her older, bossy sister Mary and who has been raised a protestant, in…

London Landmark: St Paul’s Cathedral

I haven’t done a post about London in while, and I love sharing my adventures in the city with you, and places that I love. This time, I went to St Paul’s Cathedral, which is a beautiful, peaceful place. Oddly enough, even though I’ve been in London for 8 years, I hadn’t actually gone inside…

Incognito by Khaled Talib

The Pope has been kidnapped. Is it the work of terrorists? Or does the rabbit hole go a lot deeper than that? Enter the League Of Invisible Knights, a secret order of highly trained professionals sworn to fight the forces of evil. Ayden Tanner, an ex-SAS commando, with two colleagues, descends on the scene, and…

Prague Nights by Benjamin Black

Prague Nights is a historical crime novel from Man Booker Prize winning author John Banville, whose pen name is Benjamin Black, and who is well known for the Quirke crime series. This book was sent to me by Penguin books for a review. Although this book starts with a murder, it’s really about intrigue at…

The Last Gods Of Indochine by Samuel Ferrer

This book was sent to me by the author for honest review. It was nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and interstingly is the only book that has been that was written by a non-Asian writer. It’s the twin stories of Jacquie and Paaku, one a woman in the 20’s following her explorer Grandfathers…