An Officer and a Spy – Book Review

I’d heard of the Dreyfus Affair, but I’d never realised what a miscarriage of justice this was. After completing this book, I realised two things: how far the authorities can go in order to cover up their mistakes and how much difference one person can make when they can be bothered to pursue what theyContinue reading “An Officer and a Spy – Book Review”

Maigret and the Ghost – Book Review

Maigret is my favourite detective because he’s depicted as an ordinary man but is extraordinarily good at what he does. He has the respect of his colleagues and is quite content to eat sandwiches and drink beer when pursuing a case into the night. In this case, the shooting of a fellow inspector and theContinue reading “Maigret and the Ghost – Book Review”

The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents – Book Review

This is one of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels though don’t expect any of the usual characters to appear – there are no wizards – apart from Death and the Death of Rats, who make only a fleeting appearance. Yes, some animals do perish in this book, but don’t worry remember how many lives cats have.Continue reading “The Amazing Maurice and his educated rodents – Book Review”

Coming soon – The Diary of a Buddhist Cat

Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with another cat called Gemma and two humans, John, and Mary. I am about 3 years old though I can’t remember how old I am exactly because they took me away from my mum when I was very young, and myContinue reading “Coming soon – The Diary of a Buddhist Cat”

Robinson Crusoe – Book Review

Robinson Crusoe is a classic story inspired by the experience of Alexander Selkirk marooned for 4 years and 4 months on the largest of the Juan Fernandez Islands 400 miles off Valparaiso, Chile. This is a story that builds up slowly and becomes more and more readable as the time passes. It is a testimonyContinue reading “Robinson Crusoe – Book Review”

Pilgrim’s Progress – Book Review

Another classic book that everyone ought to read at some point in their lives even if religion and / or Christianity holds no interest for you. To give it its full title, The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World, to That Which Is to Come is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. Strictly speakingContinue reading “Pilgrim’s Progress – Book Review”

The Sign of Four – Book Review

One of the classic Sherlock Holmes’ books written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the one about India, missing treasure, a boat chase on The Thames, and Dr Watson meeting his wife. The only thing I don’t appreciate about these tales is how weak the female characters are written, as though they’re just useful for creating plotContinue reading “The Sign of Four – Book Review”

Treasure Island – Book Review

It’s a classic and rightly so. A tale of pirates, the high seas, and of course a treasure map created by the buccaneer Captain Flint. The many memorable characters include Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins, Ben Gunn, Billy Bones, and Blind Pew. Robert Louis Stevenson’s original title for this book was ‘The Sea Cook’ asContinue reading “Treasure Island – Book Review”

Coming soon – The Diary of a Buddhist Cat

Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with another cat called Gemma and two humans, John, and Mary. I am about 3 years old though I can’t remember how old I am exactly because they took me away from my mum when I was very young, and myContinue reading “Coming soon – The Diary of a Buddhist Cat”

Coming soon – The Diary of a Buddhist Cat

Hello, my name is Freddie. I am a cat. I live in a house with another cat called Gemma and two humans, John, and Mary. I am about 3 years old though I can’t remember how old I am exactly because they took me away from my mum when I was very young, and myContinue reading “Coming soon – The Diary of a Buddhist Cat”