November 2021 Review

November came and went really quickly as it always does and now we are headlong into the season of good cheer, oversized credit card bills and eating too much. If you were to look carefully you might still see a religious festival in there somewhere, but maybe not… Anyway, you’re here for the books. I hope. I only managed to get through 13 last month and I am not sure why, some books that I would have normally read in a day or so took three or fours days. However, it was a good month for reading with two books of the month and I even managed t do a whole week of reviews for an author, Dervla Murphy.

First up is a book about the much-overlooked Index that is often at the back of the books that I read. I do use them occasionally, but mostly not. How they came about is quite fascinating, but this did feel a bit like an academic paper to be honest.

I am not a great fan of gothic fantasy, but was fortunate enough to receive this from the publisher, so I thought that I would give it a go. It is a fictionalised account of some real events and people that took place in Ireland in 1914. It is not bad book overall and it you love this type of book it will be right up your street.

As a species we are defined by what we discard. Every other one on the planet manages to ensure that everything is useful and can be consumed or used by everything up and down the food chain. In this book, Lisa Wollett tells the story of her family and their work collecting rubbish and ties it in with a strong environmental message. Though it was really good for a ‘rubbish book’…

The very word witch is enough to strike horror into the minds of some people, but in the very readable book, Jennifer Lane takes us through her year as a witch and some of the rituals that she uses to maintain her balance with the natural world.

In a similar vein, Fex Inkwright uses all sorts of plants to heal and perform folk magic. This is her guide to the mysteries of plants and it is a beautifully produced book.

100 Poets is a really good introduction to the work of a large number of different poets. I have several now that I want to read, but I did think that it was lacking more modern poets.

I would highly recommend this book by Tharik Hussainif you want to expand your reading to see Europe in another light and understand what a melting pot of people, cultures and religions that it has been for hundreds of years. It is about his trip around the Balkans learning how the Muslims of Europe are living today and as he has his family along too, it is a refreshingly different travel book.

Dervla Murphy turned 90 in November and as a mini tribute to her, I wrote a little piece here and reviewed five of her books, four of which I read in November. Each of these books below tells us a lot about her as well as the places that she travels to. I can recommend all of them.




My two books of the month could not be any different. First is London Incognito, a sideways look at our capital peering through the gaps where some people would rather you wouldn’t look..

My second is by the master, Terry Pratchett, his take on a crime that is unforgivable with the usual cast of characters.


Any that take your fancy here? Or have you read them before? Tell me what you think about them in the comments below

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  1. Liz Dexter

    I so enjoyed your Dervla Murphy week!

    • Paul

      Thank you, Liz

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