The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

The Samurai - Shusaku Endo
The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

I’ve been trying to get into novel for a few weeks now. But bedtime reading has proved elusive due to a mixture of late nights and fuzzy eyesight, and with the next couple of weeks being On Holiday, I’ve decided to set it to one side for now.

It will stay on the bookshelves though. When I am in the right mood, I’ll pick it up again.

Publisher page: The Samurai – Shusaku Endo

Deadly Election – Lindsey Davis

Deadly Election - Lindsey Davis
Deadly Election – Lindsey Davis

Flavia Albia returns to Rome, still recovering from malaria. And then a body is discovered in a strong box being sold by the Germinius-Falco Family Auctioneers.

And thus, as we become familiar with Family Feuds and Aedile Elections, Flavia becomes more familiar with Faustus….

Author page: Deadly Election – Lindsey Davis

In The Shadow of the Sword – Tom Holland

In The Shadow of the Sword - Tom Holland
In The Shadow of the Sword – Tom Holland

My first taste of Tom Holland: A hefty hardback about the demise of great empires of the Ancient World, and the religions that existed and came into being during Antiquity.

Very readable, and I particularly enjoyed the Cyberman-like cover art and the Dramatis Personae (à la Lindsey Davis) that’s included at the end.

Author page: In The Shadow of the Sword – Tom Holland

Icemen: A History of the Arctic and its Explorers – Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan

Icemen: A History of the Arctic and its Explorers - Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan
Icemen: A History of the Arctic and its Explorers – Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan

Easy reading chronologically ordered chapters covering the more familiar Artic Explorations including Franklin’s attempt to find the North West Passage and Peary’s claim to have reached the North Pole, and the more unfamiliar such as Andrée’s Artic Expedition by balloon and Amundsen’s by airship, and finishing up with the Artic’s role in World War II and the Cold War.

The book accompanied a BBC2 series and both date from 1998. I can’t find pages for either online.

Abebooks page: Icemen: A History of the Arctic and its Explorers – Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan

The Peacock Spring – Rumer Godden

The Peacock Spring - Rumer Godden
The Peacock Spring – Rumer Godden

I bought this from Abebooks after seeing it on a list of recommended books about other places *.

I didn’t realise it was a Puffin Plus, aimed at what we’d now call “Young Adult” reader.

Too young, sadly. And too Colonial. I gave up at the point Una and Ravi meet.

Publisher page: The Peacock Spring – Rumer Godden

* Turns out it was The Guardian’s article on The book that inspired me to travel: readers’ tips. I should have realised that the Sarah Wheeler who recommended it is not the Sara Wheeler whose travel writing I enjoy immensely.