The Long Ships

rec’d by Wobuffat (Metafilter) based on Michael Chabon’s review Acclaimed as one of the best historical novels ever written, this engaging saga of Viking adventure in 10th century northern Europe has a very appealing young hero, Orm Tostesson, whose story we follow from inexperienced youth to adventurous old age, through slavery and adventure to a […]

The Chimneys of Green Knowe

Tolly has returned to Green Knowe, his great-grandmother’s house, for the Easter break. But he is disappointed to discover that something is different. The painting of his previous playmates has been sent on loan, and may have to be sold in order to finance repairs to the house. And with the painting gone so too […]

The Children of Green Knowe

Green Knowe series #1 Usually Toseland spends the holidays in boarding school, his father and stepmother are in Burma, but on this occasion he is off to spend Christmas with his great-grandmother. He has never met her before, and understandably, is a little nervous about heading off all by himself. He is seven years old […]

The Magician’s Nephew

The Chronicles of Narnia : book one (or six, depending on whether you go by Narnian history or publication date) In the summer of 1900 Digory and Polly meet. Digory has come to London because his mother is very ill and he isn’t happy about it at all. While playing in attics of their terraced […]

The Haunting of Hill House

Part of my RIP reading, and read with The Estella Society’s Readalong. Hill House is unoccupied. The owners have tried to rent it, but tenants never stay long. The house has an 80 year history that includes deaths and strange goings on. It is just the sort of house Dr John Montague has been looking […]

East of Eden

originally read 18th August 2003ISBN: 0140292942 My reread of East of Eden was down to the fact that my book club selected it to read. It’s been more than ten years since I read it, and I’d forgotten all the details. I had vague memories of enjoying it and that it was a family saga […]