Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now – As Told by Those who Love it, Hate it, Live it, Left it & Long for it by Craig Taylor (audiobook)

In brief: Exactly what the title says – Londoners in their own words. The good: So many unusual and different aspects of life in a big city. The not-so-good: Some people I would have liked to hear more of, others a little less. Why I chose it: I liked the cover of the audiobook (looked... Continue Reading →

London Under by Peter Ackroyd

In brief: A history of what exists under London's streets- much more than tube lines and pipes, there's bunkers and secret rivers. The good: A good overview, and some very interesting points about the London Underground. The not-so-good: Quite succinct in some places and enormous page borders. Why I chose it: I like reading about... Continue Reading →

Underground London by Stephen Smith

A quick rundown… What's under London's streets? Quite a lot it seems, from secret tunnels to bunkers. Strengths: Well researched and very interesting. Weaknesses: Some topics I was interested in more than others. Why I read it: Interested in what happens in London underground – from tubes to tunnels. Pages: 393 Published: 2004 Publisher: Abacus... Continue Reading →

The Understudy by David Nicholls

A quick rundown… Stephen C. McQueen is an unlucky guy – unlucky in love, unlucky in living and unlucky to be the understudy of one of the hottest British actors. Things turn for the worse when he falls in love with that actor's wife. Strengths: Funny in parts. Weaknesses: Stephen is a helpless, awkward kind... Continue Reading →

What Women Want by Fanny Blake

In a nutshell… three older women dealing with a range of problems - will their friendship hold them together? Strengths: Well written characters with backbone. Weaknesses: The three stories don't come together until the very end. Why I read it: Given to me for review by PR (thank you). Pages: 432 Published: 2011 Publisher: Blue... Continue Reading →

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

(This is what the Australian book cover looks like - I've already passed my book on, so no photograph). The Distant Hours was a Christmas present I was really looking forward to. I loved both The Shifting Fog (The House at Riverton) and The Forgotten Garden – both were multilayered stories combining present day, history... Continue Reading →

The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland

  The Marx Sisters is the first of the Brock/Kolla mysteries and one of the more difficult for me to track down. I finally located a copy in Kinokuniya, Sydney but discovered more recently that most of the series is available as e-books. If you’re familiar with the series (I only have two more books... Continue Reading →

The Crimson Rooms by Katharine McMahon

Katharine McMahon’s books are quite difficult to get in Australia- very few stores seem to stock them. I was introduced to this author after seeing Confinement on the shelves at Borders in Singapore, misread the blurb (I thought it was about a hospital- ‘health’ but it was about a school ‘heath’) but really enjoyed it even though... Continue Reading →

Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante

I must say that I don’t take a lot of notice of the titles of Lynda La Plante’s DI Anna Travis novels, as I don’t think they usually relate to the actual novel. I suppose this book (the latest in the series) does, but you wouldn’t make the link until the end. This book is... Continue Reading →

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