Sunday things

Earlier in the week I made one of my regular trips to Southampton. I’ve got into the habit of travelling by train – surely the most civilised form of transport. Apart from those rare times that I get involved in a conversation with a fellow passenger, I probably get 3 to 4 hours of quality reading over the two journeys. On this trip I was finishing off Graham Swift’s novel, Tomorrow, which I enjoyed, before moving on to Patrick Flanery’s novel, I Am No One.
Today, Sunday, has been drab, so as well as more reading, I tinkered with CSS on my blog to see if I could put some text between the homepage banner and the post thumbnails – yes I can!

The Reflection – Hugo Wilcken

Intriguing and puzzling, I rushed through this in two days, all the while fearing that ultimately it wouldn’t make sense (to me). Sadly, my fears were confirmed.

A back-cover blurb that began “An experimental novel disguised as a thriller” should have warned me off!

Interestingly, in the acknowledgements the author references John Franklin Bardin’s The Deadly Percheron. One of my all-time favourite books is The John Franklin Bardin Omnibus, which contains three of the best Bardin novels, including The Deadly Percheron.


A Very English Scandal – John Preston

“A Very English Scandal – Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment” is the true story of the Jeremy Thorpe murder-plot. Jeremy Thorpe was a British MP and leader of the Liberal Party. This amazing book is the story of his downfall.

Throughout this gob-smacking, and sometimes hilariously funny story, one is often left aghast at the shenanigans and behaviour of the amazing cast of characters.

I read the 300+ pages in just two days. It’s a fantastic book and is highly recommended.

Interestingly the book is described on the back as a non-fiction novel. I had to look this up. Wikipedia says a non-fiction novel ‘depicts real historical figures and actual events woven together with fictitious conversations and using the storytelling techniques of fiction’. Wikipedia also describes Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood as one of the first examples of this technique. Coincidentally I read this last month – and raved over it! (Which I did when I first read it over forty years ago).