Back from Ladakh!

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A great three week mix of mountains and monasteries - and almost every day brought bright blue skies and glorious sunshine to the bright, barren landscape of Ladakh. High and very dry, I'd like to return to do more walking... Read more

Chosen - Benedict Jacka

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Borrowed from Hazel and read in Ladakh, an introspective outing with ex-Dark Mage, Alex Verus. And the next four to borrow now we're back! Chosen - Benedict Jacka... Read more

Treachery - S. J. Parris

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Giordano Bruno and Sir Philip Sidney join Sir Francis Drake and his fleet in Plymouth where murder, corruption and disloyalty await.... Author's webpage: Treachery - S. J. Parris... Read more

Photos from my Nepal, April/May 2016 trek with Val (aka Val Pitkethly's On and Off the Beaten Track through Solukhumbu) are finally on Flickr. Admiring Ama Dablam, Khurkekharka Here are my notes: Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April 2016 Overnight... Read more

The Incarnations - Susan Barker

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Two souls, destined to be reincarnated together but doomed to be reborn into incompatible characters - a eunuch at the Imperial Court in Chang'an and his incest-borne, prostitute daughter, rival concubines of sadistic Emperor Jiajing, a Cantonese fisherman(boy) and a... Read more

X - Sue Grafton

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No, no ".... is for ...." this time. Two letters of the alphabet left to go.... Santa Theresa Private Eye, Kinsey Millhone misjudges colleagues old and clients new. But her gut feeling of dislike about Henry's new neighbours is bang... Read more

On The Bone - Barbara Nadel

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Through the good offices of Inspectors İkmen and Süleyman, plus an American celebrity chef and a dead man whose last meal featured human flesh, Barbara Nadel shows us ISIS, the caliphate and the porous Turkish-Syrian border, İstanbul's Syrian refugees and... Read more

Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb

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Hest rejoins the tale, as do Tintaglia and Icefyre, and Tintaglia's Elderling Malta, Reyn and singer Selden. Now I need to read the Liveship Traders Trilogy! Author's webpage: Blood of Dragons - Robin Hobb... Read more

City of Dragons - Robin Hobb

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Kelsingra! Flying dragons! Author's webpage: City of Dragons - Robin Hobb... Read more

Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb

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With Liveship Tarman, captained by level headed Leftrin, the weakling dragons and their misfit keepers journey north along the Rain Wild River, in search of Kelsingra. Author's webpage: Dragon Haven - Robin Hobb... Read more

Where next: Winter Walking Trins, Austria

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I'm going to have to come up with a better naming convention than "Where next", given that I'm in a phase of booking holidays ahead of going on the actual "next" one.... Anyway, here's what I'm now looking forward to... Read more

Autumn in Ladakh: Trip Prep

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Our three weeks in Ladakh are looming on the horizon, so today I've: completed my Indian e-Tourist Visa application bought my annual multitrip travel insurance (to supplement my Austrian Alpine Club (UK) mountain rescue insurance). I've gone with MoneySavingExpert's "Best... Read more

The Snowman - Jo Nesbø

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Inspector Harry Hole meets his nemesis, as the Oslo crime squad investigate a series of murders of mothers. Author's webpage: The Snowman - Jo Nesbø... Read more

The Dragon Keeper - Robin Hobb

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The start of The Rain Wild Chronicles - more magical storytelling, characters who get under your skin within a sentence, and .... dragons! But not the majestic Tintaglia and Icefyre we met with FitzChivalry Farseer, these weak and malformed creatures... Read more

Flood of Fire - Amitav Ghosh

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The third and final instalment of the Ibis trilogy, Amitav Ghosh's telling of the First Opium War and the role of Indians played in the British-Chinese conflict and the "founding" of the British colony of Hong Kong. Author's webpage: Flood... Read more

Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith

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Our third meeting with ex soldier turned private eye, Cormoran Strike and Robin receives a severed leg at the office. It's time to talk about Relationships-with-a-capital-R - past present and future. Excellent! Author's webpage: Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith... Read more

History, exploration, archaeology, forensic analysis - all feature in this account of Franklin's search for the fabled Northwest Passage, and the impact tinned food had on the expedition causing lead poisoning, resulting in the illness and "general debilitation" that afflicted... Read more

One Step Behind - Henning Mankell

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Midsummer, and a serial killer is on the loose in Ystad... and Wallander is getting to grips with his not overly surprising diabetes diagnosis. Publisher's webpage: One Step Behind - Henning Mankell... Read more


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Back from three days in Snowdonia, with Catherine and Hazel. Thursday An easy drive from Harpenden (M1 - M6 / M6 Toll - M56 - A55 - A5 - B4366 - old straight road - track) meant we reached Beudy... Read more

The Last Runaway - Tracy Chevalier

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English Quaker Honor Bright travels to America in search of a new life, alongside her sister Grace who is engaged to be married to an older man from their home town of Bridport who'd already set up a farm in... Read more

About Me

Born and brought up in Solihull, I studied at St Andrews and in Chester before coming to live and work in London.

I've done a variety of jobs in the legal sector, focusing on the knowledge management and technology side of things since 2000. You'll find details on LinkedIn.

SparklyTrainers is about my world outside work. As you'll see, I love to travel, take photos and read.

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