Wednesday, December 1, 2021

A guest post from GoodReads

The Wild SilenceThe Wild Silence by Raynor Winn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The first book was excellent, this concludes the story. It's essentially in three parts: finding a new home, the initial writing and success of The Salt Path, and then a second walk and more on a new walk and Moth's illness.

Hard to imagine what will come next, other than a long hiatus before the next update, or embarking on a new writing project altogether.

An amazing rags to (relative) riches story anyway!

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Bitter Orange

 Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller is quite an original book. It's a historical novel set in the 60s centred upon a group of "lost" people in a country house engaged in various restoration projects. All of them have issues in their pasts and are struggling in different ways to deal with them. They are flung together and strange things start to happen. It's not exactly a page-turner but because it doesn't neatly fit into an established format or genre you really have no idea what's going to happen. 7/10


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

London Lies Beneath

London Lies Beneath by Stella Duffy is a historical novel based loosely on an actual event in London just before WW1. It centres on a shipping accident which befell a group of scouts. It's written from the perspective of three boys who are friends, and their six parents. The book came to life in the last few chapters, finally justifying the long character list. 7/10.



Friday, October 15, 2021

Fiction Returns

Three Years by Anton Chekhov is a short novel about human relationships. Basically a rich guy marries a pretty girl, she does not love him, but it gives her an exit route from her parental home so she takes it. He knows she doesn't love him, but they persevere with the marriage and eventually they are a happy couple. Not really my thing. 4/10



Sunday, August 29, 2021

Upstairs completed

The True Herod by Geza Vermes is my last book from the "upstairs" part of Dorking library, the far part of the books area up the steps which is exclusively non-fiction. The more popular lower part near the entrance I am roughly half way through, so a lot of fiction books have to be read over the next few months. The True Herod was my last book from the upper regions, and also Geza Vermes's, as it was published posthumously. I'm sure most would agree it's not his best book, and not on the scholarly level of his works on the bible and Dead Sea Scrolls. This is fairly short and packed with a lot of pictures. I am not sure I really got much out of it other than it's premise that Herod was not the villain portrayed in our nativity plays. 4/10

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Mail Obsession

Mail Obsession: A journey around Britain by postcode was fairly geeky book by Mark Mason. He comes up with a fascinating fact from each postcode area, most of which he travels to. But the truth is most of the places he saw through a car window and might as well stayed at home and used Wikipedia. The visits he did make to places like Shetland and Watford Junction I enjoyed best, where he actually got to talk to real people (as opposed to fellow nerds like himself). 6/10



Tuesday, July 20, 2021


I enjoy books about long solitary walks (or paddles in this case) but Meander seemed to be about everything but the walk. Some chapters barely contained a sentence about the actual journey. Instead, we are regaled with incessant Turkish history which is not what I signed up for. The book is as meandering as the eponymous river. 3/10