Cover Title , Author, Year Summary Rating Date read Tags

A Bit of a Stretch

The diaries of a prisoner

Author : Chris Atkins
Published: 2020

Diary of 12 months spent as a prisoner in Wandsworth by the author

Synopsis 26 words

by rogerco on 13 Oct 2021

13 Oct 2021

non-fiction

Middle England

Rotters Club 3

Author : Jonathan Coe
Published: 2019

2010-2017 for the middle classes of middle england

Synopsis 39 words

by rogerco on 05 Oct 2021

05 Oct 2021

fiction

Small Pleasures

Author : Clare Chambers
Published: 2020

1957 life in SE London/Kent

Synopsis 118 words

by rogerco on 15 Sep 2021

15 Sep 2021

fiction

The Last Kingdom

Author : Bernard Cornwell
Published: 2004

The wars between the Danes, the Saxons and the Britons as seen by a Northumberland lad.

Synopsis 56 words

by rogerco on 15 Jun 2021

15 Jun 2021

fiction

Shuggie Bain

Author : Douglas Stuart
Published: 2020

Single parent life from pov of mother and son in Glasgow 1980s

Synopsis 60 words

by rogerco on 01 Jun 2021

01 Jun 2021

fiction

The Perpetual Astonishment of Jonathon Fairfax

Author : Christopher Shevlin
Published: 2011

Everyman Jonathon helps bring down the government by uncovering a conspiracy of corruption.

by rogerco on 22 Apr 2021

22 Apr 2021

fiction

Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency

War Communism in the 21st Century

Author : Andreas Malm
Published: 2016

Pulling together the strands of Covid19, ecological crisis and traditional marxist-lenninist analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalism.

by rogerco on 12 Apr 2021

12 Apr 2021

non-fiction

Pine

Author : Francine Toon
Published: 2020

Crime or Horror or a simple Ghost Story through the eyse of a 10 year old girl.

by rogerco on 23 Mar 2021

23 Mar 2021

fiction

The Old Drift

Author : Namwali Serpell
Published: 2019

A saga of Zambia spanning the 20th Century and beyond.

Synopsis 53 words

by rogerco on 02 Mar 2021

02 Mar 2021

fiction

Borkmann’s Point

Van Veeteren Book 2

Author : Hakan Nesser
Published: 2000

No summary or synopsis available

by rogerco on 21 Jan 2021

21 Jan 2021

fiction

Entangled Life

How fungi make our worlds, change our minds and shape our futures

Author : Merlin Sheldrake
Published: 2020

An introduction to the world from the point of view of fungi. Symbiotic beings which live as a network.

Synopsis 107 words

by rogerco on 21 Jan 2021

21 Jan 2021

non-fiction

The Garden Jungle

Gardening to Save the Planet

Author : Dave Goulson
Published: 2019

The wildlife in the English garden explored. Be friends with your bugs and wee beasties. Plus recipes!

by rogerco on 04 Jan 2021

04 Jan 2021

non-fiction

The Case of Comrade Tulayev

Author : Victor Serge
Published: 1943

Life in the Soviet Union in the Party around 1938/9 and the during preceding 30 years

Synopsis 69 words

by rogerco on 03 Jan 2021

03 Jan 2021

fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing

unlisted author
Published: 2018

Girl child of 7 lives alone in the North Carolina marsh after her family all leave her abusive dad. Grows into a strange isolated young woman, who is taught by nature and the marsh.

Synopsis 406 words

by rogerco on 26 Nov 2020

26 Nov 2020

fiction

Little Siberia

Author : Antti Tuomainen
Published: 2000

Maybe the original Finnish Noir - with all the confusing events and comedy moments that noir fiction should have. Set in a small town in northern Finland where the village priest has to take on a role guarding a meteorite and working out WTF is going on a

by rogerco on 16 Nov 2020

16 Nov 2020

fiction

The King's Evil

Author : Andrew Taylor
Published: 2000

The third (?and final) part of the Marwood trilogy concerning the intertwining lives of James Marwood and Kate/Jane Lovett in London after the Great Fire.

by rogerco on 16 Nov 2020

16 Nov 2020

fiction

The Quarry

Author : Iain Banks
Published: 2000

Of middle class friends and family. A dying (young) father assembles his old Uni pals for a farewell observed by his teenage son. The past is not perhaps as consequential as it seems...

by rogerco on 16 Nov 2020

16 Nov 2020

fiction

The Book of Trespass

Crossing the lines that divide us

unlisted author
Published: 2020

How we lost our land, and why, and why it matters.

by rogerco on 15 Sep 2020

15 Sep 2020

non-fiction

The Machine Stops

Author : E M Forster
Published: 2000

No summary or synopsis available

by rogerco on 06 Jun 2020

06 Jun 2020

fiction

The Three Body Problem

Author : Cixin Liu
Published: 2000

Synopsis extract: From the Chinese Cultural Revolution to an alien invasion fleet due to arrive in 2450.

Synopsis 14 words

by Roger on 21 Apr 2020

21 Apr 2020

fiction

The Fire Court

Author : Andrew Taylor
Published: 2000

No summary or synopsis available

by rogerco on 03 Feb 2020

03 Feb 2020

fiction

The Mind’s Eye

Van Veeteren Book 1

Author : Hakan Nesser
Published: 2000

No summary or synopsis available

by rogerco on 01 Jan 2020

01 Jan 2020

non-fiction

The Living and The Dead in Winsford

Author : Hakan Nesser
Published: 2015

Synopsis extract: Woman and her dog spend the winter in isolated cottage on Exmoor on the run from her demons

Synopsis 18 words

by Roger on 30 Nov 2019

30 Nov 2019

fiction

The Handmaid's Tale

Author : Margaret Atwood
Published: 2000

Synopsis extract: Post deluvian life in a rump of the USA where fertility has collapsed and fertile women are enslaved as concubines by the ruling elite of an authoritarian state

Synopsis 28 words

by Roger on 01 Nov 2019

01 Nov 2019

fiction

Hagseed

Author : Margaret Atwood
Published: 2016

Synopsis extract: Reworking of the Tempest (Shakespeare) through description of a workshop performance in a prison used by the director to take revenge on those who slighted him.

Synopsis 26 words

by Roger on 01 Oct 2019

01 Oct 2019

fiction

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