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book of the week - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters; and tackling writer's block by Julie Cohen Book of the week – still enjoying ‘Fingersmith’ – Victorian for pick pocket – about a case of fraud and subterfuge in 1860s England, love, cunning and surprise twists, Sarah Waters is doing it again as far as I’m concerned! She also wrote one of my top novels, set in the 1920s, ‘the Paying Guests’, audiobook brilliantly read by Juliet Stevenson. Well done her. "London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate…
Apprentice - no, the other one! An Audible original. In the week that the Apprentice on telly nears its logical conclusion, this one popped up on recommendations. Am still loving listening to last week's Ken Follett book, so thought I'd buy this one to listen to next. Similar era - and lots of research once more, which brings those bygone times to life. "This Original multicast drama blends history with fiction to tell the story of Jonah, a young apprentice from London who raises himself from poverty by wit and luck to become one of the most powerful merchants of the age. A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the…
Book of the Week - Columns of Fire by Ken Follett Ohhhhh I love my regular authors when they bring out the next book in a series! So it's time for me to dip into the Pillars of the Earth sequel, from Ken Follett - book 3, Columns of Fire. Set in the 1500s, at the time of the Spanish Inquisition, it's full of the usual pithy detail about life in those times and as normal, the narrator adds a touch of authenticity with his inflections even if it's a little affected sometimes. Enjoying it very much. The thing I love best is the way Ken Follett intertwines facts about life…
Book of the Week - The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch Another genius performance on audiobook from one of my top five narrators ever - and Ben Aaronovitch's book is yet again brought to life in a uniquely entertaining way by the talented actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. It's the latest outing from his famous London copper, with special skills in the supernatural, and it's fabulous. This time, PC Peter Grant and his quirky boss Nightingale are on the tube... A stunning PC Peter Grant audiobook continues this best-selling series with commuting ghosts, a kidnapping, and a superb new London mystery! PC Peter Grant is heading west. There's something going bump on the…
Book of the Week - Jack Reacher #22 - The Midnight Line by Lee Child This week I am over the moon with my favourite ex-military cop Jack Reacher's latest from Lee Child. The hardback is out at same time as audiobook so I devoured it. Love the way Lee Child writes, and loved the new more caring twist he's included in this one. 'the Midnight Line' did not let me down. He is one of my top authors so I will always leap at the chance to read the new one. Twenty two novels in, he's still compelling, compulsive and competent. Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small…