Book 124

“The Honourable Schoolboy”
 John leCarre

Smiley payback. Although the other two books in the trilogy are better known, in many ways this deserves better recognition. 

Read 18.8.03 - 16.9.03

Unreliable memory: I am convinced I read this on holiday in France but I was in Italy this year.

Book 124

“The Honourable Schoolboy”
John leCarre

Smiley payback. Although the other two books in the trilogy are better known, in many ways this deserves better recognition.

Read 18.8.03 - 16.9.03

Unreliable memory: I am convinced I read this on holiday in France but I was in Italy this year.

Book 121
“Flashman’s Lady”

George McDonald Fraser

We are on 1842-5 and Flashman is dallying with mad Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar. Completely bonkers. 

Add Cricket and the origin of the term ‘hat trick’ and not to mention Mad James Brooke - one if those ‘adventurers’ who made the Empire what is was.

All in all a typical McDonald Fraser romp. 

Read August ‘03 (Holiday Reading)

Book 121
“Flashman’s Lady”

George McDonald Fraser

We are on 1842-5 and Flashman is dallying with mad Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar. Completely bonkers.

Add Cricket and the origin of the term ‘hat trick’ and not to mention Mad James Brooke - one if those ‘adventurers’ who made the Empire what is was.

All in all a typical McDonald Fraser romp.

Read August ‘03 (Holiday Reading)

Book 119
“Tinker, Taylor, Solider, Spy”

John leCarre

Don’t mess with Carla - unless you are George Smiley.

First in a trilogy of books that are labyrinthine in their complexity but worth sticking with to find out why Carla gives Smiley his lighter back - well he throws it on cobbles at Smiley’s feet - at the end of “Smiley’s People”. 

Read 4.8.03 - 14.8.03

Book 119
“Tinker, Taylor, Solider, Spy”

John leCarre

Don’t mess with Carla - unless you are George Smiley.

First in a trilogy of books that are labyrinthine in their complexity but worth sticking with to find out why Carla gives Smiley his lighter back - well he throws it on cobbles at Smiley’s feet - at the end of “Smiley’s People”.

Read 4.8.03 - 14.8.03

Book 117 & 118
“I, Claudius” & “Claudius the God”
Robert Graves

I first came to this via the brilliant BBC TV series - still one of the great television adaptations. Following on from books 107/8, I read them again.

It turns out Caligula killed his Dad (Germanicus) and Livinia was behind all the machinations, murders and manoeuvring to make Tiberius Caesar.

And Claudius - could this be a true (or truer) account?

Recently went to the Glyptotek Museum in Copenhagen - the pics are (top left and clockwise) Augustus, Clau Clau Claudius, the nutty Caligula and herself, Livivia.

Read 5.7.03 - 18.7.03 & 18.7.03 - 4.7.03