While I was away I read Matthew's Prize: Being the Tale of a Whitby Orphan Boy's Longing to Navigate the Broad Seas
though I didn't know the title was so long at the time... it's about PIRATES
, and it's quite good, if a bit of a blokey version of a mills and boon
. Also Nocturne
and Permissable Limits
both by Graham Hurley
. I like them because they're connected with Portsmouth
(Hurley lives there and writes for the Portsmouth Evening News
), but they're both a bit fantastic. Not in a good way, but in a not believable characters and situations way... I muchly enjoyed Murphy's Law
by Colin Bateman
, though I missed the recent TV series, and most of all Carter Beats the Devil
which is a fantastic (in a good way) account of a (possibly) fictional magician of the roaring twenties "Carter the Great"...
restaurant reviews coming soon, and pictures of actual stokey related things soon. There is a house up for auction on Manor Road, I am keen to see what it goes for, will find links later...
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