Book Reviews-13-20 August

  Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel To summarise the story, if that is the right word, Bring Up The Bodies takes us inside the head of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s low-born right-hand man, in the months leading up to the fall and execution of Anne Boleyn. The court dances and flirts, but all…

Bollocks, Bollox, or Bollix?

There’s an increasing tendency in the modern world to elide the details. Your/you’re and their/they’re/there foul-ups are now so common it’s bad form to even comment on them, even if it makes you do a little sick in your (see?) mouth. I spot these mistakes all the time, and often from people (journalists, authors, editors)…

What I read this week (5-12 August)

Books! Books! Books! I need to get out more…. The Two, by Will Carver ‘I’ve come to know my mother a lot better over the past year, since she’s been dead’. With an opening worthy of Camus, The Two sweeps us back into the world of Detective January David, who is back on the trail…

Book reviews – 3 August

Mercy, by Jussi Alder-Olsen A maverick Danish detective is asked to set up a new department looking into cold cases. Along with his mysterious Syrian assistant, he focuses on the disappearance of a rising female politician from several years before. What happened to the woman, who seemingly vanished off the face of the earth? What’s…