Living Pictures by Polina Barskova

Polina Barskova was born and brought up in Leningrad over 30 years after the end of the siege of that city by the Germans during WWII. The siege lasted from September 1941 to January 1944. The siege cast a long shadow which still affected the lives of the children in the 1970s and early 1980s.Continue reading “Living Pictures by Polina Barskova”

Diary of a Buddhist Cat – Page 1

This is Page 1 from the book 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 theyContinue reading “Diary of a Buddhist Cat – Page 1”

Keeping in Touch – Book discount

My book Keeping in Touch is available here at a discount from 24th February to 3rd March. We are closer to those further away than to those nearer to us. A story about communication in the 21st Century. Is Social Media making us unsociable. Are all our heads in The Cloud? The hero of thisContinue reading “Keeping in Touch – Book discount”

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

The first James Bond book that Ian Fleming wrote and I recognised some of the details from the 2006 film of the same name. Le Chiffre is a nearly bankrupt member of the secretive SMERSH organisation (SMERSH is a conjunction of two Russian words: ‘Smyert Shpionam’ meaning roughly ‘Death to Spies’. Le Chiffre and BondContinue reading “Casino Royale by Ian Fleming”

Time Travelling Health and Safety Exec – Diary Discount

My name is Brian Snell and I am a representative of the Health and Safety Time Executive or HASTE for short. I have a kept a diary of my more interesting experiences as it was important to document my findings for HASTE just in case they were sued for negligence by the people I met.Continue reading “Time Travelling Health and Safety Exec – Diary Discount”

Strange Loyalties by William McIlvanney

This is the third novel in the original Laidlaw trilogy. The death of his brother Scott in an apparent accident – Scott was drunk and hit by a car driven by a newsagent – has upset and angered Jack Laidlaw. His intuition says it was no accident and so he determines to find out whoContinue reading “Strange Loyalties by William McIlvanney”

Trophy Hunting

She’d loved animals her whole life. When her friends expressed their sadness that no one was hunting the hunters of animals, she decided to rectify the situation. She was the ideal candidate. In her normal job, as a soldier behind enemy lines, she’d killed animal abusers when given the chance and the animals were given some respite from their ordeals.Continue reading “Trophy Hunting”

Goat Parva Murders

This excerpt is from the book entitled The Goat Parva Murders an English Murder Mystery book set in the countryside, starring two policemen who have been working together for a few years and get along really well. There’s lots of dialogue and banter with some humour thrown in amongst the murders and suspects. ========== AdelaideContinue reading “Goat Parva Murders”

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

This was the first time I’d read a book by Neil Gaiman. This is more of a fairy tale than say Terry Pratchett’s books. In Stardust we have the story of Tristan Thorn who lives in the earthly village of Wall, which is well named as it’s right by an ancient barrier that separates itContinue reading “Stardust by Neil Gaiman”