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

Flashman in the Great Game (The Flashman Papers #5): George MacDonald Fraser

So in the fifth instalment of the Flashman Papers we find the “hero of the hour” being sent off to India to track down some trouble. We meet a verity of the great and the good of time, as ever old Flashy only mixes with the best. Even when in the middle of the Indian Mutiny; and we get to see how much Flashman is to blame for it.

Much is off course the footnotes and appendices provided by George MacDonald Fraser help explain what was going on. But again as with the four that went before this is a good story that moves as quickly as Flashman does from trouble.

Royal Flash (The Flashman Papers #2): George MacDonald Fraser

This is the second volume of the Flashman Papers, and picks up from where the last one – Flashman – left off. We have Flashman meeting Otto von Bismarck, and helping deal with major questions around German unification – all much against his will and with him as ever trying to get out of it as much as possible. We see our dashing hero, with his fine whiskers getting to be royalty for a while, but still not managing to end up on top.

Flashman (The Flashman Papers #1): George MacDonald Fraser

We are introduced here to the memoirs of Harry Flashman, recently expelled from Rugby School – as recounted in Tom Brown’s School Days – and now needing to find something to do. Flashman is writing these much later in life, and this is but the first packet found in a salehouse some where.

The book moves at a fair pace and is very enjoyable, we get through a couple of years of life, and a trip to Afghanistan. All in all this is a pleasure to read, just don;t think about it to hard.

Flashman at the Charge (Flashman Papers, #4): George MacDonald Fraser

Here we have the fourth instalment of the memoirs of Harry Flashman, where he manages to rise from the rank of Captain to that of Colonel. The book follows Flashman to the Crimea and the Charge of the Light Brigade, and then on to as he hints to save India for the empire. Again we see Flashman being the hero despite his best efforts to avoid it all. Also we get to meet one of Flashman’s fellows from Rugby School

I have to say one of the joys – aside form the main plot – of these books is the historical footnotes, which make the book feel more solid in what comes up.