August 8, 2017
I loved the banter between the lady protagonists who were wonderful characters. The male characters were not drawn quite as well. The plot was a little convoluted particularly towards the end and I had difficulty following. However, I liked the house with its secret passages, locked doors and hidden keys. The search to uncover the truth behind these was fascinating and kept me reading to the end. The book seems to be the first in the series featuring one of the central female characters as a private detective. I hope the series pans out well as the author has a fine aptitude for mystery and dialogue.
Mark of the Loon is available as a
free ebook on the Amazon Kindle Store
August 2, 2017
Water is the most valuable commodity on planet earth. We came from water and it surrounded us in the womb. You can forget gold, silver, platinum or uranium. These are not needed to survive, but we need water.
I love watching cricket and was strangely surprised to find that during the Sky coverage of England’s last test match against South Africa the presenters were giving away refillable water bottles to highlight the pollution of the oceans by the disposable plastic variety. I have been using a refillable bottle which I first acquired about five years ago during the last days of my field hockey playing days and have been filling it with tap water and taking it with me while walking or on car journey’s ever since.
I see no reason for buying water while it is readily available on tap. Where I am living now the tap water is unsuitable to drink as it does not come directly from the mains and is probably held in a tank, which is not fully protected from the outside, so I boil my drinking water in an electric kettle and use it to fill my bottle once it has cooled. I am unsure whether it tastes as good as fresh tap water but it does the job in that it quenches my thirst and I know that it is safe.
Plastic bottled water often contains pictures of cool, mountain streams but is it safe? And does it taste much different? The problem highlighted by the TV channel is the damage the bottle does to the environment once it is discarded. It is true that many other plastics also pollute the oceans but there is really no need to add to them by spending money on something that is not really necessary.
Check out Sky’s Campaign at https://skyoceanrescue.com
Editor, Peatmore Press
July 28, 2017
Fish and Chip shops can be found in the majority of British towns and was our country’s original fast takeaway food. When I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s it was considered a treat to eat a fish and chip takeaway and that feeling still persists with me today.
During the last five years I have been travelling around Britain and in the course of my travels have sampled portions of this famous dish from different parts of the country. I had the idea of determining which region or even which town offered the tastiest dish and even photographed each one so I could rate how well they were presented. Unfortunately, such is my liking for this food I was unable to decide which was best. But I do consider that there is nothing as good as buying takeaway fish and chips at a British seaside town and eating while relaxing on a bench at the sea front overlooking the waves. There is an added excitement of having to defend one’s meal from the aerial attacks of the local seagulls intend on stealing as much of your food as they can get away with, which means that the meal cannot be left unattended for one second. But for me this only adds to the fun.
Years ago fish and chips came wrapped in yesterday’s newspapers so not only could a person avail themselves of a tasty meal, but they had written material to be entertained by at the same time. It all added to the delight of eating this most wondrous food. This led to the saying that today’s news is simply tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapping. I once ask a fish and chip shop owner why this practice was stopped only to be told it was due to health and safety. I wondered what kind of diseases could be caught from old newspapers and still do so to this very day.
Fish and Chips by the sea at Scarborough, Yorkshire
(note the free wooden fork protruding from the top)
July 11, 2017
This is a work of fiction based on fact. Charles Dickens is arguably the best British novelist of all time. I have not read many of his books, but I have seen numerous adaptations on film and television. Although I knew about some aspects of his life until I read this book I was unaware of his fascination with hypnosis.
This story tells of his use of hypnosis to treat one Augusta de la Rue while staying in Italy with his family. This actually happened, but in this account the facts are blurred. The story is seen through the fictitious accounts of members of the Dickens household including the man himself. This means that some of the tales, particularly those of the young Dickens children, encompass visions of spectres, ghosts and a variety of creepy crawlies. The author’s descriptions of these apparitions and the atmosphere surrounding the household are expertly drawn.
I did sometimes get confused about the identity of which character was telling a particular aspect of the story and had to check back in the narrative several times to make sure that I understood their identity. This may have been due to the limitations of the way the ebook I was reading was put together and the story would probably be easier to follow in either the hardback or paperback formats of the book. But all in all it was a fascinating read and led me to Google to search out more of the facts that lay behind the talent that was Charles Dickens.
This novel is published by David James at Create Space
and is available as a hardback, paperback and ebook
May 16, 2017
This is a love story set in Northern England against the backdrop of the 1984-1985 coalminers’ strike. The author is at her best when she describes the effects of the food and clothing shortages on a small Yorkshire town and how the women of the community come together to help their men and each other through deprivations they face. I would have liked to hear more about the motivation behind the action of the heroine’s abusive husband. However, the care she has for her mineworker lover and his family is touchingly portrayed. The story is easy to read and I can recommend it to anyone likes well written romantic stories set against a gritty background.
Mighty like a Rose was published by
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
And is available in paperback, as an ebook
and as an audible download.