The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective – Susannah Stapleton

The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective - Susannah Stapleton
The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective – Susannah Stapleton

Alternating chapters of newspaper articles by or about Maud West and Susannah Stapleton’s slow and steady sleuthing to uncover the life and times of ‘London’s Leading Lady Detective’.

Makes me wish I could ask my nanas about their lives, growing up at the start of the 20th century, a couple of decades behind Edith Maria Barber aka Maud West.

Publisher page: The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets and Lies in the Golden Age of Crime: A Remarkable True Story – Susannah Stapleton

The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth

The Wake - Paul Kingsnorth
The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth

A first part of a trilogy, the final instalment of which (Alexandria) was lauded in The Guardians picks books to be published in 2021.

So I thought I’d start at the beginning, especially as The Wake is set at the time of the Normal Conquest, and I do like my history.

I didn’t get past the first page – I’d not realised it was all in (phonetic?) Old English. In normal times I might have persevered but in COVID times and on holiday, I felt the need for an easier read.

Author page: The Wake – Paul Kingsnorth