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The Black River Chronicles

From 7th May – 12th May 2016, the Black River Chronicles will be available on a promotional ‘cascade’. Each book starting with The Winter That Follows, the first novel in the series, will be free to download on kindle for 48 hours. They will be available in recommended reading order.


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BBC Culture’s 100 greatest British novels

So while looking round the web this last week I came across BBC Culture’s 100 greatest British novels. So how many have you read? I count about 8 entries, which are:

  • The Chronicles of Narnia (CS Lewis)
  • His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
  • Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  • The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien)
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Henry Fielding)
  • Emma (Jane Austen)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (George Orwell)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

However this comes out at 18 books as published, not sure if they should not have broken up the series into the individual books. But it gives a chance to see how one is doing.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

In Wolf Hall we have from Hilary Mantel the life of Thomas Cromwell, as given in the main in recollection and first person accounts. A book full of intrigue and what seem to be a set of decent character portraits, if all from one point of view . The one confusing bit at times was the move between 1st 2nd and 3rd person but still in part a narrative as if from the first person.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy; by John le Carré

After watching the film of the book I thought I’d see what the original text was like. Well I found it to be a really good read that moved at pace and had an interesting twist. This seems to be very much of its time, but then the reality of it was good. It was the sort of book that was enjoyable, though it was a little dark in places. I have to say that I’m likely to look out some more of le Carré‘s work