April 2024 Review

April flew by as usual. We celebrated our 29th Wedding anniversary and I got myself a new job! Apart from that it was fairly uneventful. Oh and I read some more books and bought far too many.

Here is April’s selection:


Books Read

Small Worlds – Caleb Azumah Nelson – 3 Stars

Ireland’s Green Larder: The Definitive History of Irish Food and Drink – Margaret Hickey – 3.5 Stars

Secret Britain: Unearthing Our Mysterious Past – Mary-Ann Ochota – 4 Stars

Information: The New Language of Science – Hans Christian Von Baeyer – 3 Stars

Utter, Earth: Advice on Living in a More-than-Human World – Isaac Yuen – 4 Stars

Mystic Orchards – Jonathan Koven – 3.5 Stars

Human Origins: A Short History – Sarah Wild – 3 Stars

Hothouse – Brian W. Aldiss – 3 Stars

Steeple Chasing: Around Britain By Church – Peter Ross – 4 Stars

Walking The Bones Of Britain: A 3 Billion Year Journey From The Outer Hebrides To The Thames Estuary – Christopher Somerville – 3.5 Stars

Wounded Tigris: A River Journey through the Cradle of Civilisation – Leon McCarron – 4 Stars


Book(s) Of The Month

The New Wild – Fred Pearce – 4.5 Stars


Top Genres

Travel – 14

Fiction – 8

Natural History – 7

Poetry – 4

Memoir – 4

Science Fiction – 3

History – 2

Humour – 2

Science – 2

Writing – 1


Top Publishers

Bloomsbury – 3

Unbound – 2

Saraband – 2

Canongate – 2

Sphere – 2

Salt – 2

Eland – 2

West Virginia University Press – 1

Elliott & Thompson – 1

Hutchinson Heinemann – 1


Review Copies Received



Library Books Checked Out

Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces – Laurie Winkless

How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything – Mike Berners-Lee

The Laundromat: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite – Jake Bernstein

Cull of the Wild: Killing in the Name of Conservation – Hugh Warwick

Wayfarer: Love, Loss And Life On Britain’s Ancient Paths – Phoebe Smith

Weathering – Ruth Allen


Books Bought

An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan – Jason Elliot

Venice Sketchbook: Impressions, Seasons, Encounters & Pigeons – Huck Scarry

Wild Signs and Star Paths: 52 keys that will open your eyes, ears and mind to the world around you – Tristan Gooley

On a Hoof and a Prayer: Around Argentina at a Gallop – Polly Evans

The Great White Palace – Tony Porter (Signed)

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: The Hidden World of a Paris Atelier – T. E. Carhart

Reflections of Sunflowers: A Bittersweet Return To The Idyllic South Of France – Ruth Silvestre

The Story of San Michele – Axel Munthe

The Stone Boudoir: Travels Through the Hidden Villages of Sicily – Theresa Maggio

Full Circle – Michael Palin (Signed)

Citadel (Languedoc, #3) – Kate Mosse

Heartburn – Nora Ephron

The Art of Travel – Alan de Botton

A Savage Dreamland: Journeys in Burma – David Eimer

A Land – Jacquetta Hawkes

Prehistoric Britain – Timothy Darvill

Crow Country – Mark Cocker

Sea and Sardinia – D.H. Lawrence

The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna – Tim Parks

Adventures Among Birds – W.H. Hudson

Nature Near London – Richard Jefferies

Kiwis Might Fly: A New Zealand Adventure – Polly Evans

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – William Finnegan

Tideways and Byways in Essex and Suffolk – Archie White

Historic Forests of England – Ralph Whitlock


So are there any from that huge list that you have read, or now seeing them, now want to read? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Elle

    Congratulations on your anniversary and the new job—both pretty big events in my book!

    • Paul

      Thank you!

  2. winstonsdad

    Happy Anniversary and hope you are enjoying your new job

    • Paul

      Thank you! I start in June

  3. Liz Dexter

    Not as keen on Small Worlds as I was? Did you review it? And happy anniversary and happy new job – same company or a whole move to something different? I want to read Walking the Bones of Britain soon but then I want to read everything soon and I’m enmired in substantial but lovely review books!

    • Paul

      It wasn’t bad neither was it exceptional. I won’t be reviewing it, as I haven’t got the time at the moment…
      Thank you, completely new company about 15 minutes away.
      I am like you and want to read everything and have the false impression that I can

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