England’s Forgotten Past:
The unsung Heroes and Heroines, Valiant Kings, Great Battles and Other Generally Overlooked Episodes in our Nation’s Glorious History.
by Richard Tames
This is a little jewel of a book, which reveals bits of English history that somehow got ‘lost’. Did you know that for more than three centuries after the Norman Conquest, no King of England spoke English as his first language? King Arthur probably never existed – but is still heading towards his 1500th birthday – or that there are more than 3000 ‘deserted villages’ scattered across the English countryside. This book highlights these and other wonderful facts. This is one of those books that can be randomly opened and read. I love to keep a book like this on a coffee table or in my bag while I wait for appointments. History lovers like me will really enjoy this book and, as Tames says, “perhaps a rummage around in the cluttered attic of England’s past might be helpful – or, at least, be entertaining.”
The Hunting Party
by Lucy Foley
This is a story about a group of friends who get together every year to celebrate New Year’s Eve. This year they meet at a hunting lodge in a remote location in the Scottish Highlands. Someone has been murdered. Each chapter is told from a different person’s point of view. As the story proceeds, secrets of the group are unveiled. It was a little slow at the start, and perhaps the characters had too much to say. However, the second part of the book had me reading faster, so I could find out who was dead and who was the murderer. Overall, I enjoyed this book – it reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel, but set in the present. I would recommend this as nice fireside read.