Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle – Manda Scott

Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle - Manda Scott
Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle – Manda Scott

Part 1 in Manda Scott’s telling of the Boudicca story introduces us to Breaca as she grows from childhood to become as a warrior of the Iceni, and her brother Bon, captured by enemy Arminius and taken as a slave to Roman Gaul where he ends up a soldier in the Roman Army, returning to Britain under the leadership of Gaius Suetonius Paulinus in the invasion of AD 60 / 61.

The audiobook is unabridged, with I like but it makes for a lot of listening….

Author page: Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle – Manda Scott

 

Underland – Robert Macfarlane

Underland - Robert Macfarlane
Underland – Robert Macfarlane

Underground places and spaces, people and history.

As I said in my weeknotes, I’d found I was reluctant to read Robert Macfarlane’s latest, taking it with me on holiday more out of a sense of “I ought to” rather than “I want to”. I’m not sure what was putting me off – perhaps the title and the theme, or the size, but as ever with Robert Macfarlane’s writing it drew me in from page 1.

Publisher page: Underland – Robert Macfarlane

The Children of Jocasta – Natalie Haynes

The Children of Jocasta - Natalie Haynes
The Children of Jocasta – Natalie Haynes

Jocasta – wife of Oedipus and mother of Antigone – is one of the foci of Natalie Haynes’ retelling of more of the Greek Myths. Her daughter, Ismene, is the other.

My first audiobook, courtesy of Herefordshire Libraries’ Borrowbox service. I am a convert.

Author page: The Children of Jocasta – Natalie Haynes

A Comedy of Terrors – Lindsey Davis

A Comedy of Terrors - Lindsey Davis
A Comedy of Terrors – Lindsey Davis

Io Saturnalia!

As Tiberius investigates nut wars Albia becomes embroiled in nefarious affairs of another kind – involving two of Rome’s leading crime families….

And in the background, two small grieving boys, family traditions and ageing vigiles partying hard.

Author page: A Comedy of Terrors – Lindsey Davis