Alone in Berlin

translated by Michael Hofman Given all the tragedy, destruction, and horrors of World War II I don’t often stop to consider what life was like for “normal people” under the Nazis. But of course Hitler was a dictator and a tyrant, the Nazis were made up of people who supported him and his rise to […]

The wind in the willows

It’s fairly impossible for me to be objective about The Wind in the Willows. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read the whole book before, but I certainly remember many extracts that were part of school books over the years. The first chapter certainly has stuck with me; “onions sauce” is such a great insult. […]

We are legion (we are Bob)

Bobiverse : book 1 At some point in the near future Bob Johansson decides it is a great idea to freeze his head after his death. Life after death, what could possibly go wrong… Well, the first thing that goes wrong is that “corpsicles” are declared not to be people. They have no rights and […]


The French trilogy ; 2 Set before, during, and after World War 1 Birdsong tells the story of a young Englishman. Staring before the war in France where he starts a passionate affair with a married woman. There is a jump in time and we meet Stephen in the trenches, and that storyline is then […]

part of the cover image to Why dinosaurs matter by Kenneth J. Lacovara. A pixelated dinosaur on a reg background

Why dinosaurs matter

I was never one of those children who was majorly into dinosaurs, but I do remember a reading a few books as a kid. I can still remember the illustrations in the Ladybird book of dinosaurs that we had. Of course, all those old Ladybird books had wonderful illustrations so maybe it had more to […]


I loved this book. Loved it. But I am totally aware that this is not a book that everyone will enjoy. It starts out with Inspector Neith investigating a death in custody. Her method of investigation includes reliving the mind of the deceased. And so we are introduced to Diana Hunter, a woman who refused […]

Guards! Guards!

Discworld series #8 / The City Watch series #1 This is the book. The one that really made me love the Discworld ‘verse. In this we first meet Sam Vimes and Ankh-Morpork’s Night Watch, and it really is some of the best of Pratchett’s writing. Blending social commentary with humour and insight. It is wonderful. […]

The high mountains of Portugal

This book. I just. Okay, to start with I wasn’t sure I was even going to finish it. Tomás and his fridged wife and his walking backwards. And his troubles with the car. But midway through his story it seemed to click with me and I really started to enjoy it. In a way I […]


One of the great things about working in a library is that you come across books that you usually would have no reason to really look at. Like children’s books, especially picture books. I don’t think I’ve ever gone browsing the pictures books section of any shop, but I always love looking at them when […]


The Amazing Telemachus Family were about to reach dizzying heights of fame and fortune in the 1970s, when a live television magic display went all wrong and they were revealed as nothing but tricksters. Now, two decades on the family are still dealing with the fall-out from what happened then. Only they weren’t tricksters, they […]


Discworld series ; #7 I think this might be the first Terry Pratchett book I ever read. I certainly recall reading it, but I don’t think I’ve ever reread it, and only remember the vaguest of details. Assassins and pyramids and time, that’s what popped into my brain. Set in Djelibaybi, a Discworld version of […]