Bookish Observations

A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

A Favourite Series – Kincaid and James Mysteries

I’ve read sixteen of the books, so far, in the Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James series. I’ve read them one after the other, straight through, enjoying every moment. It was like reading one long un-put-downable-novel. It’s difficult to define why I enjoyed the stories so much, possibly because I liked the characters that populated the stories, their backstories, and the geographical backdrop. Ms Crombie’s style of writing suited my reading muscle, the plot has just the right pace; a medium pace, I’d say, for me, the stories are perfect-mysteries.…

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Nature Writing, a favourite genre

Nature Writing, a favourite genre

In our home there is a limited amount of shelf space for books; happily this restricted space is fully populated with “special” books that enhance our library. There are books that bring back fond memories, loved books, books that made a difference to our lives, reference books full of knowledge that we can dive into every now and then, books that we intend to read sometime later, and books that we just can’t let go. …

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Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

Susan Hill’s Bibliomemoirs

I’ll start this blog post by saying that Susan Hill’s two Bibliomemoirs, Howards End is on the Landing and Jacob’s Room is Full of Books, are two of my very favourite books The information they contain is so valuable, I’ve made sure we’ve got the printed versions taking pride of place on our bookshelves. I am grateful for her taking the time to share her extensive knowledge and experience with us.…

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The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors by Christopher Fowler

The Book of Forgotten Authors is a Bibliomemoir, a book about books, one of my favourite genres. I have the hardback edition, and when I’ve finished reading it, it will take up one precious book-space on our bookshelf. Our bookshelf space is limited; reserved for “special” books only. At least twelve of our book-spaces are taken up by Bibliomemoirs, where they wait patiently for my return to enjoy their treasures. Over the coming years I’ll dive into their pages to reacquaint myself with their gems.…

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The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

The Art of Time Travel by Tom Griffiths

We depend on historians to ensure our true history is recorded accurately. They have the responsibility of showing us what happened to previous generations and why. If we know what happened and why, we may be able to find solutions for our future to ensure we don’t make the same mistakes again. Much of our knowledge is built on the mistakes of the past, and on solutions that worked and those that did not.…

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The Rock by Robert Daws

The Rock by Robert Daws

When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar. I’d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere. It wasn’t my intention to read it straight away. I added “The Rock” to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity. After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read; I wasn’t disappointed. The pace was good for me and my reading mood. There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery, more than a thriller. With all the things happening in the world today, #GrenfellTower, #FinsburyPark #Manchester #LindtCafe etc etc, I don’t need a thriller. …

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The Book That Made Me – edited by Judith Ridge

The Book That Made Me – edited by Judith Ridge

In 2017 at my favourite Sydney literary event, the Sydney Writers’ Festival, I was browsing Gleebooks’ pop-up bookshop, which is always a source of unique treasures, when I discovered The Book That Made Me, edited by Judith Ridge. The book is a collection of mini-bibliomemoirs ((Note from the Artuccino Team – the meaning of bibliomemoir: a memoir about the books one has read.)). They are personal reflections on books that had a profound impact on the writing life of some well known Australian and New Zealand authors. Each story led me down new pathways, introducing authors and books unfamiliar to me.…

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An Unlamented Death by William Savage

An Unlamented Death by William Savage

Great storytelling! I love a good story with a visual impact. I don’t need car chases and graphic-anything, I just want to sit spellbound as the story unfolds; this story keeps you turning the page, gently. I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series. I loved its pace, its characters, its delivery of observations and revelations, with a little wisdom sprinkled here and there. The period it covers, the 1700s through to the 1800s in Britain. This period is one that holds my interest because of the new “enlightened” view emerging from the blight of ignorance and suppression. Set in Britain’s Norfolk, the story has an atmosphere that enabled me to feel placed there, feel the weather, smell the smells, enjoy the warmth of the hearth, which is so important when absorbing the story.…

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The Merry Millionaire by J.A. Wells

The Merry Millionaire by J.A. Wells

Our world has changed in many ways, our European based cultures have become more reasonable and all inclusive of religious philosophies, racial and cultural differences and sexual orientation. Of course pockets of resistance still exist and resound through the voices and actions of the un-enlightened. That said, I have a certain conservative view of the world, so it was with hesitation that I decided to read this novel from this genre, which follows the journey of a “gay” character. The Captain is a very rich English gentleman, whose lifestyle could be looked upon today with a critical eye, in light of our society’s courageous attempt to protect the young.…

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