Book 200

“This Thing of Darkness”
Harry Thompson

The voyage of The Beagle carrying Darwin round the world - seen from POV of the God fearing Captain - fantastic narrative account of a world changing event. 

Read 23.8.05 - 4.9.05

Shortly after reading this Harry Thompson died - November 2005 - of lung cancer at the age of 45. I remember reading a moving account by him of discovering his illness, the short time he had left, his love of cricket and facing death : rest in peace

Book 200

“This Thing of Darkness”
Harry Thompson

The voyage of The Beagle carrying Darwin round the world - seen from POV of the God fearing Captain - fantastic narrative account of a world changing event.

Read 23.8.05 - 4.9.05

Shortly after reading this Harry Thompson died - November 2005 - of lung cancer at the age of 45. I remember reading a moving account by him of discovering his illness, the short time he had left, his love of cricket and facing death : rest in peace

Holiday reading 

Book 197

“Nutmeg of Consolation”
Patrick O’Brian

I was reading these one per summer holiday by now to string them out.

Terrific and vivid writing - I remember the opening cricket match well and the skirmish with the pirates. They meet the Raffles along the way and end up in Australia - although the Ashes cricket battles don’t start for some time.


Read August 05

Holiday reading

Book 197

“Nutmeg of Consolation”
Patrick O’Brian

I was reading these one per summer holiday by now to string them out.

Terrific and vivid writing - I remember the opening cricket match well and the skirmish with the pirates. They meet the Raffles along the way and end up in Australia - although the Ashes cricket battles don’t start for some time.


Read August 05

Holiday Reading

Book 195

“Cooking with Fernet Branca”
James Hamilton-Paterson

I loved this book and read it on holiday in Italy not all that far from where it is based. It is very funny and at the point when the campy narrator Gerald Samper says he has been contemplating a memoir called “Under a Tuscan’s Son” I laughter out loud - drawing looks in a cafe as I sipped my morning espresso.

The other moment when I drew looks was when I ordered a Fernet Branca - the talking
stopped and everyone looked at me. I am jsure it contains hallucinogens!

And there is a recipes for cooking a cat - what more could you want sat relaxing in the Italian sun?

August 05

Holiday Reading

Book 195

“Cooking with Fernet Branca”
James Hamilton-Paterson

I loved this book and read it on holiday in Italy not all that far from where it is based. It is very funny and at the point when the campy narrator Gerald Samper says he has been contemplating a memoir called “Under a Tuscan’s Son” I laughter out loud - drawing looks in a cafe as I sipped my morning espresso.

The other moment when I drew looks was when I ordered a Fernet Branca - the talking
stopped and everyone looked at me. I am jsure it contains hallucinogens!

And there is a recipes for cooking a cat - what more could you want sat relaxing in the Italian sun?

August 05

Books 188//189/190

“Regeneration”
“Eye in the Door”
“The Ghost Road”

Pat Barker

They are all in here - Sassoon, Owen, Robert Graves.

Powerful writing - an anthem for doomed youth indeed.

The Ghost Road won the Booker in 1995 - the second book to do so as part of a trilogy.

I remember reading these one after the other in the garden during a hot and sunny July of this year.

Read - all three - 9.7.05 - 17.7.05