The Draining Lake - Arnaldur Indriðason

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As Kleifarvatn lake's water level slowly drops - no one really knows why - a skeleton is discovered, tied to an old radio transmitter and with a whole in its head. In parallel with Detectives Erlendur, Elínborg and Sigurður Óli's... Read more

A short novel, with a dollop of fantasy. After a family funeral, our narrator returns to his childhood - in more ways than one. A lovely read. My first Neil Gaiman book. Author's page: The Ocean at the End of... Read more

The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

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Afghanistan veteran, amputee and Red Cap turned Private Detective, Cormoran Strike is asked to investigate the apparent suicide of a young model, the adopted daughter of Sir Alec and Lady Bristow, by her (also adopted) brother John, whose elder brother... Read more

The Martian - Andy Weir

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Sci-Fi hit doing the rounds, borrowed from Phil. Lots of science, explaining how mechanical engineer-cum-botanist Mark Watney survives on Mars after his fellow astronauts reluctantly leave him for dead. Best thing though was how natural the writing was in his... Read more

Cockroaches - Jo Nesbø

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Harry Hole is sent to Bangkok to investigate the murder of the Norweigan Ambassador in a brothel. What could possibly go wrong? Walton weekend book No. 3. Well, started in Walton. Finished in London. Author's page: Cockroaches - Jo Nesbø... Read more

Apple Tree Yard - Louise Doughty

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A strong female protagonist, living a middle class family life in present day London with glimpses into the corridors of power, academic careers, and trials at the Old Bailey. A real page turner. Walton weekend book No. 2. Author's page:... Read more

W is for Wasted - Sue Grafton

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It's the autumn of 1988 as we near the end of Sue Grafton's Alphabet series. Kinsey Millhone gets a photocopier (tech development!), investigates the death of a down and out on the Santa Teresa beachfront, and finds more family. Walton... Read more

I called a halt on Roger Deakin's much loved Waterlog. I'd just has my fill of swimming in the rivers, lakes and beaches of Great Britain. I may dip into it again... In the meantime, take a look at Waterlog... Read more

Borrowed from Val at the end of the Cordillera Blanca Traverse, polished off during the journey from Huaraz to Lima, and from Lima home. A lovely novel set in 16th century Istanbul, at the height of the Ottoman Empire, and... Read more

Cordillera Blanca Traverse: Complete

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Trip No. 3 to the Peruvian Andes with Val Pitkethly, and definitely the toughest so far: ten nights over 4000m, seven valleys, three passes over 5000m, and a peak: Urus / Yanarahu, at 5495m. A lot of up and down,... Read more

A slow, spread out read of Peter Fleming's revived diary of his 1934 journey through the Caucasus, Central Asia Siberia, Mongolia, Manchukuo and China, which falls between One's Company and News from Tartary (perhaps it's time for a reread of... Read more

Access All Areas - Sara Wheeler

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A female travel writer shouldn't be a novelty, but it is I realise - at least in terms of my reading. A collection of essays and articles, arranged thematically and with Sara Wheeler's own life underlying all. A woman after... Read more

Everest Trek Get Together No 7

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Another fab weekend in Pembrokeshire, enjoying better weather than London - and making the long awaited visit to the legendary Mrs Weston's Tea Shop! On Friday, Hazel and I followed our usual routine for the our journey west - taking... Read more

One's Company - Peter Fleming

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In 1933 Peter Fleming (brother of Ian "James Bond" Fleming) blagged funds to travel to China from The Times, The Spectator and his publisher, with the promise to "write a series of articles on China, each one more portentous and... Read more

Cordillera Blanca Traverse: Peru Trek Prep

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Déjà vu? I do enjoy the build up to a trip.... Over the past week or so, I've ticked off the following: joined the Austrian Alpine Club (UK), which means I benefit from their worldwide mountain rescue insurance (based on... Read more

London weekends: 06 & 07 June 2015

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Saturday A day out in London with Clan Russell, featuring the Changing the Guard and the London Transport Museum. We walked from Waterloo to the top of The Mall via: Jubilee Gardens adventure play area The London Eye Westminster Bridge,... Read more

The Minaret of Djam - Freya Stark

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A slight account of Freya Stark's travels in Afghanistan in 1968 with the aim of visiting the lonely Minaret of Jam in the days when intrepid travellers could travel across and around Afghanistan without a military escort, and many did... Read more

Younghusband - Patrick French

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Sir Francis Younghusband is a name that's cropped up in a lot of books I've read over the years, from the British Invasion of Tibet in 1904, to the attempts to climb Everest in the 1920s. He's a key figure,... Read more

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

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One of those books I just had to keep on reading.... devoured in a weekend, interspersed with a 5 year old's Star Wars & Superheroes birthday party in Blackheath and 'babysitting' B&R while T&J were in Stockholm for the weekend...... Read more

The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbø

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The second of my Frinton haul of Harry Hole crime thrillers. This time Oslo faces a serial killer, nicknamed the Courier Killer. Harry faces his demons: drink and despair. Author's webpage: The Devil's Star - Jo Nesbø... Read more

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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.

In September 2013, I joined the ICT staff at St Paul's School on a part time basis, helping pupils learn the skills to live in a world driven by rapid technological change.

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