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July 2022 TBR

July! Already. Where do the months keep going but the sun is shining as I write this and we have a holiday coming up in the next month, Away as in going in a plane away too. It only seems a few days since I was posting the June TBR and here we are again. You know the drill, this is a frankly disturbingly long list and I am not going to read all of them, but it does give me the option to pick and choose.

 

Reading Through The Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year – Allie Esiri

Word Perfect – Susie Dent

 

Finishing Off (Still!)

Opened Ground Poems 1966 – 1996 Seamus Heaney

The Travel Writing Tribe – Tim Hannigan

The Draw Of The Sea – Wyl Menmuir

 

Blog Tour

The Draw Of The Sea – Wyl Menmuir

 

Review Copies

The Mortal Word – Genevieve Cogman

Tiger – Polly Clark

Isles at the Edge of the Sea – Jonny Muir

The Good Life – Dorian Amos

Astral Travel – Elizabeth Baines

Britain Alone – Philip Stephens

We Own This City – Justin Fenton

Spaceworlds – Ed. Mike Ashley

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall

The Spy Who Was Left Out In The Cold – Tim Tate

The Devil You Know – Gwen Adshead, Eileen Horne

Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon

Crawling Horror – Ed. Daisy Butcher & Janette Leaf

The Valleys of the Assassins – Freya Stark

The Cruel Way – Ella Maillart

Above the Law – Adrian Bleese

Cornish Horrors – Ed. Joan Passey

Somebody Else – Charles Nicholl

Scenes from Prehistoric Life – Francis Pryor

Black Lion – Sicelo Mbatha

The Babel Message – Keith Kahn-Harris

The Heath – Hunter Davies

The Seven Deadly Sins – Mara Faye Lethem

Three Women of Herat – Veronica Doubleday

The Sloth Lemur’s Song – Alison Richard

Where My Feet Fall – Duncan Minshull

Polling UnPacked – Mark Pack

The View from the Hil – Christopher Somerville

Ring of Stone Circles – Stan L Abbott

RSPB ID Spotlight – Ducks, Geese and Swans – Marianne Taylor, Stephen Message

RSPB ID Spotlight – Garden Bugs – Marianne Taylor, Stephen Message

The Po – Tobia Jones

 

Library

A Sky Full Of Kites – Tom Bowser

A Still Life – Josie George

Afropean – Johny Pitts

Beautiful Country – Qian Julie Wang

Walking With Nomads – Alice Morrison

The Treeline – Ben Rawlence

The Slow Road to Tehran – Rebecca Lowe

Grounding – Lulah Ellender

 

Poetry

Opened Ground Poems 1966 – 1996 Seamus Heaney

 

Books to Clear

Our Game – John Le Carré

The Tailor of Panama- John Le Carré

Year of the Golden Ape – Colin Forbes

Dreaming in Code – Scott Rosenberg

 

Own Books

Prospero’s Cell – Lawrence Durrell

 

Challenge Books

The Wood That Made London – C.J. Schuler

English Pastoral – James Rebanks

My House of Sky: A Life of J A Baker Hetty Saunders

Living Trees Robin Walters

 

Photobook

Sky – Storm Dunlop

 

So, er, that is it. Inevitably there will be library books that have to be read as others have reserved them. Either way, I win!

Any in that list that you like the look of?

Anticipated Books For Autumn 2022

I have been through all of the autumn 2022 publishers’ catalogues that could lay my hands on (31 so far). I have listed all the books that I really like the look of. The majority on this list are non-fiction, as you have probably come to expect by now, but there is a smattering of fiction, sci-fi and the odd poetry in there.

 

4th Estate

Fen, Bog and Swamp: A Short History of Peatland Destruction and Its Role in the Climate Crisis – Annie Proulx

 

Allen Lane

Nomad Century: How to Survive the Climate Upheaval – Gaia Vince

 

Atlantic Books

The Raven’s Nest Sarah Thomas

Letters To My Weird Sisters: On Autism and Feminism – Joanne Limburg

Hot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial – Peter Stott

Masters of the Lost Land: The Untold Story of the Fight to Own the Amazon – Heriberto Araújo

Saving the Planet Without the Bullshit: What They Don’t Tell You About the Climate Crisis – Assaad Razzouk

Bibliomaniac: An Obsessive’s Tour of the Bookshops of Britain – Robin Ince

 

Aurum

The Draw Of The Sea – Wyl Menmuir

Shape Of A Boy: Family Life Lessons In Far Flung Places – Kate Wickers

 

Basic Books

Escape from Model Land: How Mathematical Models Can Lead Us Astray And What We Can Do About It – Erica Thompson

 

Birlinn

Hebridean Journey: The Magic of Scotland’s Outer Isles – Brigid Benson

Hindsight: In Search of Lost Wildness – Jenna Watt

A Taste for Treason: The Letter That Smashed a Spy Ring – Andrew Jeffery

The Perfect Sword: Forging the Middle Ages – Paul Gething

The Coffin Roads: Journeys to the West – Ian Bradley

 

Bloomsbury

Swamp Songs – Tom Blass

Sixty Harvests Left – Philip Lymbery

Himalaya – John Keay

The Book of Vanishing Species – Beatrice Forshall

The Big Bang of Numbers – Manil Suri

The Flow: Rivers, Water and Wilderness – Amy-Jane Beer

Settlers – Jimi Famurewa

 

Canongate

Billy No-Mates: How I Realised Men Have a Friendship Problem – Max Dickins

Sick Money: Sky-high Prices and Dirty Tricks: Inside the Global Pharmaceutical Industry – Billy Kenber

be/longing: understories of nature, family and home – Amanda Thomson

The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World – James Crawford

All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler – Rebecca Donner

Revenge of the Librarians – Tom Gauld

Poetry Unbound: 50 Poems to Open Your World – Pádraig Ó Tuama

See/Saw: Looking at Photographs – Geoff Dyer

 

Elliott & Thompson

Thunderstone: A true story of losing one home and discovering another – Nancy Campbell

Why Is This a Question? : Everything about the origins and oddities of language you never thought to ask – Paul Anthony Jones

The Wheel Of The Year: A nurturing guide to rediscovering nature’s cycles and seasons – Rebecca Beattie

 

Faber & Faber

Landscapes of Silence – Hugh Brody

The Passengers – Will Ashon

Black and Female – Tsitsi Dangarembga

The Waste Land – Matthew Hollis

What Just Happened? – Marina Hyde

The Golden Mole: and Other Vanishing Treasures – Katherine Rundell

England’s Green – Zaffar Kunial

 

Fitzcarraldo Editions

Dandelions – Thea Lenarduzzi

 

Frances Lincoln

Colours Of London – Peter Ackroyd

Road Life: A Slow Life Guide Sebastian – Antonio Santabarbara

 

Granta

Wild Maps: A Nature Atlas for Curious Minds – Mike Higgins

The Curtain and the Wall: A Journey in the Shadow of the Cold War – Timothy Phillips

 

Head of Zeus

Cixin Liu’s For The Benefit of Mankind – Sylvain Runberg, Ill. Miki Montllo

Cixin Liu’s The Butterfly – Dan Panosian

Cixin Liu’s The Circle – Xavier Besse

Cixin Liu’s The Devourer – Jean-David Movan Ill. Yang Wei-Lin

The Best Of World SF: 2 – Ed. Lavie Tidhar

The Po: An Elegy For Italy’s Longest River – Tobias Jones

The Museum Of The Wood Age – Max Adams

House of Snow – Ed. Ed Douglas

Wild Women – Ed. Marialla Frostrup

 

Hodder & Stoughton

Tree Thieves: Crime and Survival in the Woods – Lyndsie Bourgon

Influence Empire: Inside the Story of Tencent and China’s Tech Ambition – Lulu Chen

 

Hurst Publishers

The Rupture: China and the Global Race for the Future – Andrew Small

The White Mosque: A Silk Road Memoir – Sofia Samatar

A New Spirit of Capitalism: Toward More Sustainable and Inclusive Economies – Various

Authoritarian Century: Omens of a Post-Liberal Future – Azeem Ibrahim

Hybrid Warriors: Proxies, Freelancers and Moscow’s Struggle for Ukraine – Anna Arutunyan

 

Heinman

Into Iraq – Michael Palin

 

Icon Books

Inside Qatar: Hidden Stories From Inside One Of The Richest Nations On Earth – John Mcmanus

Killers Amidst Killers: Murder, An Opioid Epidemic And A Hunt For Justice – Billy Jensen

The Milky Way Smells Of Rum And Raspberries … And Other Amazing Cosmic Facts – Dr Jillian Scudder

The Life Cycle: 8,000 Miles In The Andes By Bamboo Bike – Kate Rawles

 

Maclehose Press

High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal and China – Erika Fatland

What We Leave Behind: A Birdwatcher’s Dispatches from the Waste Catastrophe – Stanisław Łubieński

 

Michael Joseph

The Half Bird – Susan Smillie

Small Island: 12 Maps That Explain The History of Britain – Philip Parker

Landlines – Raynor Winn

 

Motorbooks

Space Race 2.0: Spacex, Blue Origin, Virgin Orbit, Nasa, And The Privatization Of The Final Frontier – Brad Bergan

 

Octopus Books

The Accidental Detectorist – Nigel Richardson

I Bought a Mountain – Thomas Firbank

The Atlas of Abandoned Places – Oliver Smith

How To Make The Best Coffee – James Hoffmann

 

Oneworld

What We Owe the Future: A Million-Year View – Will Macaskill

Overruled: Our Vanishing Democracy in 9 Cases – Sam Fowles

Volt Rush: The Winners and Losers in the Race to Go Green – Henry Sanderson

 

Particular Books

Henry Eliot’s Book of Bookish Lists – Henry Eliot

 

Pelagic Publishing

Rhythms of Nature: Wildlife and Wild Places Between the Moors – Ian Carter

 

Pelican

The Blue Commons: Rescuing the Economy of the Sea – Guy Standing

 

Profile Books

Siege: Dispatches From Our War on the Wild – Charles Foster

Genetic Dreams: The Promise and Peril of Our Most Revolutionary Technology – Matthew Cobb

Remainders of the Day: More Diaries from The Bookshop, Wigtown – Shaun Bythell

The Physicks of Dirt: Matter for the Modern Wizard – Felix Flicker

 

Quercus

Nailing it Rich Hall

An Atlas Of Endangered Alphabets – Tim Brookes

 

Reaktion Books

The Index of Prohibited Books: Four Centuries of Struggle over Word and Image for the Greater Glory of God – Robin Vose

Cloven Country: The Devil and the English Landscape – Jeremy Harte

Winters in the World: A Journey through the Anglo-Saxon Year – Eleanor Parker

Unworking: The Reinvention of the Modern Office – Jeremy Myerson and Philip Ross

Shifting Currents: A World History of Swimming – Karen Eva Carr

 

Riverrun

The Storm is here: An American Reckoning – Luke Mogelson

Wild – Amy Jeffs

 

Swift

You’ve Been Played: How Corporations, Governments and Schools Use Games to Control us All – Adrian Hon

 

Transworld

Illuminated By Water: Nature, Memory and the Delights of a Fishing Life Malachy Tallack

I Don’t Want to Talk About Home: A migrant’s search for belonging – Suad Aldarra

She’s In CTRL: How women can take back tech – Anne-Marie Imafidon

Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes: The Official Biography – Rob Wilkins

Once Upon a Tome: The Misadventures of a Rare bookseller – Oliver Darkshire

Nightwalking: Four Journeys into Britain After Dark – John Lewis-Stempel

 

W&N

All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopaedia – Simon Garfield

36 Islands: The Hidden Wonders of the Lake District – Robert Twigger

Diary of a Tuscan Bookshop – Alba Donati

Exploring the World: Two Centuries of Remarkable Adventurers and Their Journeys – Alexander Maitland

 

White Lion

The Writer’s Journey – Travis Elborough

 

William Collins

The Lost Rainforest Of Britain – Guy Shrubsole

Home Is Not a Place – Johny Pitts & Roger Robinson

Lost Realms: Histories of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings – Thomas Williams

Where the Seals Sing: Exploring the Hidden Lives of Britain’s Grey Seals – Susan Richardson

 

May 2022 Review

Only having one Bank Holiday in May this year threw me a little but we do get a double in June! Yeah! Anyway, onto the books that I read and entered my house in the month of May

 

Books Read

Mind is The Ride – Jet McDonald – 3.5 Stars

39 Ways to Save the Planet – Tom Heap – 3.5 Stars

Lost Woods – Rachel Carson – 4 Stars

Villager – Tom Cox Fiction– 4 Stars

No Friend But The Mountains – Behrouz Boochani – 4 Stars

Notes From A Summer Cottage – Nina Burton– 3 Stars

Secrets Of A Devon Wood – Jo Brown Natural History– 4 Stars

Dorset In Photographs – Matt Pinner Photography– 4 Stars

Machine Journey – Richard Doyle– 3 Stars

Otherlands – Thomas Halliday – 3.5 Stars

The Price of Immortality – Peter Ward Science – 4 Stars

The Antisocial Network – Ben Mezrich – 3 Stars

The Hill of Devi – E.M. Forster– 3.5 Stars

The Great North Road – Steve Silk Travel – 4 Stars

Riding Out – Simon Parker Travel – 4 Stars

 

Books Of The Month

Silent Earth – Dave Goulson – 4.5 Stars – This should be essential reading for anyone slighting interested in the welfare of our planet and the creatures that we rely on for our survival.

 

Top Genres

Natural History – 13 books
Travel – 12 books
Poetry – 8 books
History – 7 books
Science- 7 books

 

Top Publishers

William Collins – 6 books
Picador – 4 books
Faber & Faber – 4 books
Eland  – 3 books
Allen Lane  – 3 books

 

Review Copies Received

New Leaf by Sean Lysaght

Taking Stock – Roger Morgan-Grenville

The Ottomans – Marc David Baer

A Village In The Third Reich – Julia  Boyd  & Angelika Patel

A River Runs Through Me – Andrew Douglas-Home

The Serpent Coiled in Naples – Marius Kociejowski

 

Library Books Checked Out

Salt Lick – Lulu Allison

Otherlands – Thomas Halliday

The Ship Asunder – Ton Nancollas

Walking With Nomads – Alice Morrison

Gnomon – Nick Harkaway

Shadowlands – Matthew Green

What Abigail Did That Summer – Ben Aaronovitch

Elegy For a River – Tom Moorhouse

In Search of One Last Song – Patrick Galbraith

Nine Quarters Of Jerusalem – Matthew Teller

Sustainable Materials – Julia Allwood

 

Books Bought

South from Barbary: Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan Sahara – Justin Marozzi

Sea Change: The Summer Voyage from East to West Scotland of the Anassa – Mairi Hedderwick

Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River – Alice Albinia

Talking to Zeus: My Year in a Greek Garden – Jane Shaw

Wild Ruins: The Explorer’s Guide to Britain Lost Castles, Follies, Relics and Remains – Dave Hamilton

Silent Spring – Rachel Carson

Atmospheric Dorset – Kris Dutson

Bournemouth 1810 – 2010: From Smugglers to Surfers – Vincent May

Good Evening Mrs Craven – Mollie Panter-Downes

The Perfect Golden Circle – Benjamin Myers

Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain – Pen Vogler

England on Fire: A Visual Journey Through Albion’s Psychic Landscape by Stephen Ellcock, Adam Gordon

Radical Landscapes: Art, Identity and Activism by Darren Pih & Laura Bruni

Silverview John Le Carre

Everything I Found On The Beach – Cynan Jones

June 2022 TBR

June! Already. Where do the months keep going? It is beyond me. It only seems a few days since I was posting the May TBR and here we are again. You know the drill, this is a frankly disturbingly long list and I am not going to read all of them, but it does give me the option to pick and choose.

 

Reading Through The Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year – Allie Esiri

Word Perfect – Susie Dent

 

Finishing Off (Still!)

Opened Ground Poems 1966 – 1996 Seamus Heaney

The Antisocial Network – Ben Mezrich

A Still Life – Josie George

Salt Lick – Lulu Allison

 

Blog Tour

The Ottomans – Marc David Baer

 

Review Copies

Isles at the Edge of the Sea – Jonny Muir

The Good Life – Dorian Amos

Astral Travel – Elizabeth Baines

Britain Alone – Philip Stephens

We Own This City – Justin Fenton

Spaceworlds – Ed. Mike Ashley

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall

The Spy Who Was Left Out In The Cold – Tim Tate

The Devil You Know – Gwen Adshead, Eileen Horne

Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon

Crawling Horror – Ed. Daisy Butcher & Janette Leaf

The Valleys of the Assassins – Freya Stark

The Cruel Way – Ella Maillart

Above the Law – Adrian Bleese

Cornish Horrors – Ed. Joan Passey

Somebody Else – Charles Nicholl

Scenes from Prehistoric Life – Francis Pryor

Black Lion – Sicelo Mbatha

The Babel Message – Keith Kahn-Harris

The Heath – Hunter Davies

The Seven Deadly Sins – Mara Faye Lethem

One People – Guy Kennaway

Three Women of Herat – Veronica Doubleday

The Sloth Lemur’s Song – Alison Richard

Where My Feet Fall – Duncan Minshull

Polling UnPacked – Mark Pack

Jacobé & Fineta – Joaquim Ruyra

The View from the Hil – Christopher Somerville

The Best British Travel Writing Of The 21st Century – Jessica Vincent

Ring of Stone Circles – Stan L Abbott

Field Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises – Mark Carwardine

 

Library

A Sky Full Of Kites – Tom Bowser

A Curious Absence of Chickens – Sophie Grigson

Scraps Of Wool – Bill Colegrave

Park Life – Tom Chesshyre

The Bookseller’s Tale – Martin Latham

The Spymasters – Chris Whipple

Looking for Transwonderland – Noo Saro-Wiwa

A Sky Full Of Kites – Tom Bowser

A Curious Absence of Chickens – Sophie Grigson

 

Poetry

New Leaf – Sean Lysaght

 

Books to Clear

Our Game – John Le Carré

The Tailor of Panama- John Le Carré

Year of the Golden Ape – Colin Forbes

Dreaming in Code – Scott Rosenberg

 

Challenge Books

The Wood That Made London – C.J. Schuler

English Pastoral – James Rebanks

Wild Silence – Raynor Winn

Fox – Jim Crumley

Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland – Lisa Schneidau

 

Photobook

Dorset Before the Camera: 1539-1855 – David Burnett

 

So, er, that is it. Inevitably there will be library books that have to be read as others have reserved them. Either way, I win!

Any in that list that you like the look of?

20 Books of Summer 2022

It was warm over the weekend, but it is very much NOT summery out there at the moment. However, that is no reason not to want to announce my book list for 2o Books of Summer.

This challenge was dreamt up by Cathy at 746 Books, it is a challenge for bloggers and anyone else and the aim is to try and read through 20 books that are on their TBR. I have tried for the past two years. In the first year, I read 18, in 2020 managed 12 and in 2021 only 10! I like the idea of it and It is good to support other bloggers in what they are doing to promote reading but I have always been disappointed in failing to complete it every time so far.  I did um and ah about doing it. l like to pick themes usually, I have had travel, and outstanding review books and then realised that it fits in with another challenge that I am undertaking:

I raised that on the spreadsheet that I have been using ,I physically had 20 books that I had not read from the categories above. So without further ado, here is my list of books:

Fish The Old Man and The Sand Eel Will Millard
Urban Wildlife Fox Jim Crumley
Land Rules / Trespass The Book of Trespass: Crossing the Lines that Divide Us Nick Hayes
Classic Nature Novel The Overstory Richard Powers
Walking Trail I Belong Here: A Journey Along the Backbone of Britain Anita Sethi
Another Country Wild Nephin Sean Lysaght
Migration Swifts and Us: The Life of the Bird that Sleeps in the Sky Sarah Gibson
Nature Restoration / Recovery A Trillion Trees: How We Can Reforest Our World Fred Pearce
Short Stories At the Pond: Swimming at the Hampstead Ladies’ Pond Various
Sky My House of Sky: A Life of J A Baker Hetty Saunders
Glaciers / Mountains Two Trees Make a Forest: Travels Among Taiwan’s Mountains & Coasts in Search of My Family’s Past Jessica J. Lee
Mental Health A Still Life: A Memoir Josie George
Water (Sea / River / Ocean) Caught By The River Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner, Andrew Walsh (Editor)
Remote Nature True North Gavin Francis
Ferocious Animals Black Lion: Alive in the Wilderness Sicelo Mbatha
Trees Living Trees Robin Walters
The Forest The Wood That Made London C.J. Schuler
Farm English Pastoral An Inheritance James Rebanks
Auto-biography Wild Silence Raynor Winn
Folklore / Folktales Woodland Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland Paperback Lisa Schneidau

Follow the hashtag #20booksofsummer22 to follow those who are taking part this year.

April 2022 Review

April always seems to come and go really quickly. I did have a week off where I had hoped to read more,  but it was disturbed by work ringing me up about various issues…  Anyway, here are the 15 books that I did get read in April. Not a bad selection and a good variety of subjects.

 

Books Read

Hope and Fear – Ronald H. Fritze – 4 Stars

Seed To Dust – Marc Hamer – 4 Stars

Secret Bristol – James MacVeigh – 2.5 Stars

The Mercenary River – Nick Higham – 4 Stars

Tomorrow’s People – Paul Morland – 4 Stars

12 Birds to Save Your Life – Charlie Corbett – 3 Stars

Fledgling – Hannah Bourne-Taylor – 4  Stars

Mysterious Britain – Homer W. Sykes – 3.5 Stars

Kid – Simon Armitage – 3 Stars

Ariel – Sylvia Plath – 3.5 Stars

The Year the World Went Mad – Mark Woolhouse – 3.5 Stars

The Four Horsemen – Emily Mayhew – 4 Stars

Who Are We Now? – Jason Cowley – 4 Stars

Umbria – Patricia Clough – 3.5 Stars

 

Book of the Month

The Nanny State Made Me – Stuart Maconie – 5Stars

I thought that this was excellent. Maconie has a distinctive voice that comes through strongly in this book and he is not afraid to put forward his point of view about the failing of the current government and those that have gone before. It is more than a middle-aged guy having a rant too. He looks back at the way that the state enabled him to be able to participate in society by having a properly funded education and health system and he is seething that those opportunities have been successively taken away by Tory governments over the years.

 

Top Genres

Natural History – 11 books

Travel – 9 books

History – 7 books

Poetry – 7 books

Science – 5 books

 

Top Publishers

William Collins – 6 books

Faber & Faber – 4 books

Quercus – 4 books

Picador – 3 books

Eland – 2 books

Little Toller – 2 books

 

Review Copies Received

Thank you to all the publishers who are generous enough to send me these:

The Ghost Slayers – Ed. Mike Ashley (British Library)

Riding Out – Simon Parker (Summersdale)

The Best British Travel Writing – Ed. Jessica Vincent (Summersdale)

Machine Journey (Self)

The View From The Hill – Christopher Somerville (Haus)

Illuminated By Water – Malachy Tallack (Doubleday)

Ring Of Stone Circles – Stan L. Abbott (Saraband)

 

 

Library Books Checked Out

Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain – John Grindrod

Wild City: Encounters With Urban Wildlife – Florence Wilkinson

The Crow Folk – Mark Stay

Secrets Of A Devon Wood: A Nature Journal – Jo Brown

The Ship Asunder: A Maritime History In Eleven Vessels – Tom Nancollas

Otherlands: A World In The Making – Thomas Halliday

Salt Lick – Lulu Allison

 

Books Bought

The Olive Harvest – Carol Drinkwater (Signed)

Down To The Sea In Ships – Horatio Clare  (to be passed on to a friend)

Border – Kappa Kassabova

Street Fight In Naples – Peter Robb

Wild Signs & Star Paths – Tristan Gooley

Coronation Everest – Jan Morris

Cruel Crossing: Escaping Hitler Across the Pyrenees – Edward Stourton

London Overground: A Day’s Walk Around the Ginger Line – Iain Sinclair

Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love – by Per J. Andersson, Tr. Anna Holmwood

Blackmore Vale – Hilary Townsend

Geology – Paul Ensom

Isle Of Purbeck – Paul Hyland

Cranborne Chase – Desmond Hawkins

Madagascar – Gian Paolo Barbieri Tr. Carola Lodari

Wanderers in the New Forest – Juliette De Bairacli Levy

To A Mountain in Tibet – Colin Thubron

Eat Pray Eat: One Man’s Accidental Search For Enlightenment – Michael Booth

The Tao Of Travel – Paul Theroux

Barbed Wire And babushkas: A River Odyssey Across Siberia – Paul Grogan

River Dog: A Journey Down the Brahmaputra – Mark Shand

Russians Among Us – Gordon Corera

From the Camargue to the Alps: A Walk Across France in Hannibal’s Footsteps – Bernard Levin

The Eastern Fells – Alfred Wainwright

The Far Eastern Fells – Alfred Wainwright

The Central Fells – Alfred Wainwright

The Southern Fells – Alfred Wainwright

The Northern Fells – Alfred Wainwright

The North Western Fells – Alfred Wainwright

The Western Fells – Alfred Wainwright

Island Reich – Jack Grimwood

Shape of Light: 100 years of Photography and Abstract Art – Simon Baker & Emmanuelle De L’Ecotais

The History of the Countryside – Oliver Rackham

Serpent In Paradise – Dea Birkett

For Love and Money – Jonathan Raban (to be passed on to a friend)

Trees & Bushes – Eyre Methuen

Discovering Timber Framed Buildings – Richard Harris

Iceland: People Sagas, Landscapes – Hans Siwik

Sky – Storm Dunlop

I am very much out of shelf space…

May 2022 TBR

A day late posting this, but May, or Beltane,  is already here, how did that happen? Without further ado, I am aiming to read around 18 of these over the coming month. This will definitely be the month that I will be reading some fiction as I have so failed to do so in April

 

Reading Through The Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year – Allie Esiri

Word Perfect – Susie Dent

 

Finishing Off (Still!)

Opened Ground Poems 1966 – 1996 Seamus Heaney

The Hill of Devi – E.M. Forster

 

Blog Tour

Machine Journey – Richard Doyle

The Price of Immortality – Peter Ward

Villager – Tom Cox

 

Review Copies

Isles at the Edge of the Sea – Jonny Muir

The Good Life – Dorian Amos

Astral Travel – Elizabeth Baines

Britain Alone – Philip Stephens

We Own This City – Justin Fenton

Spaceworlds – Ed. Mike Ashley

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall

The Spy Who Was Left Out In The Cold – Tim Tate

The Devil You Know – Gwen Adshead, Eileen Horne

Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon

Crawling Horror – Ed. Daisy Butcher & Janette Leaf

The Valleys of the Assassins – Freya Stark

The Cruel Way – Ella Maillart

Above the Law – Adrian Bleese

Cornish Horrors – Ed. Joan Passey

Somebody Else – Charles Nicholl

Scenes from Prehistoric Life – Francis Pryor

Black Lion – Sicelo Mbatha

The Babel Message – Keith Kahn-Harris

The Heath – Hunter Davies

The Seven Deadly Sins – Mara Faye Lethem

One People – Guy Kennaway

Three Women of Herat – Veronica Doubleday

The Sloth Lemur’s Song – Alison Richard

Where My Feet Fall – Duncan Minshull

Polling UnPacked – Mark Pack

Jacobé & Fineta – Joaquim Ruyra

The View from the Hil – Christopher Somerville

The Best British Travel Writing Of The 21st Century – Jessica Vincent

Lost Woods – Rachel Carson

Ring of Stone Circles – Stan L Abbott

Riding Out – Simon Parker

 

Library

No Friend But The Mountains – Behrouz Boochani

The Antisocial Network – Ben Mezrich

A Still Life – Josie George

Scraps Of Wool – Bill Colegrave

Mind is The Ride – Jet McDonald

Silent Earth – Dave Goulson

Iconicon – John Grindrod

Notes From A Summer Cottage – Nina Burton

39 Ways to Save the Planet – Tom Heap

Park Life – Tom Chesshyre

The Bookseller’s Tale – Martin Latham

The Spymasters – Chris Whipple

Looking for Transwonderland – Noo Saro-Wiwa

A Sky Full Of Kites – Tom Bowser

A Curious Absence of Chickens – Sophie Grigson

We, Robots – Curtis White

Secrets Of A Devon Wood – Jo Brown

 

Poetry

Machine Journey – Richard Doyle

 

Books to Clear

Our Game – John Le Carré

The Tailor of Panama- John Le Carré

Year of the Golden Ape – Colin Forbes

Dreaming in Code – Scott Rosenberg

 

Challenge Books

The Wood That Made London – C.J. Schuler

English Pastoral – James Rebanks

Wild Silence – Raynor Winn

 

Photobook

Dorset In Photographs – Matt Pinner

 

So, er, that is it. Inevitably there will be library books that have to be read as others have reserved them. Either way, I win!

Any in that list that you like the look of?

March 2022 Review

Here is my summary of the books read and acquired in March. As ever I didn’t get as many books read as I hoped too but did read my target of sixteen books

 

Books Read

Wintering – Katherine May

No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy – Mark Hodkinson

Concretopia – John Grindrod

Ice Rivers – Jemma L. Wadham

A Choice of Emily Dickinson’s Verse Emily Dickinson – Ted Hughes

Wild Fell – Lee Schofield

Hebrides – Peter May & David Wilson

Putin’s People – Catherine Belton

Forecast – Joe Shute

Shalimar – Davina Quinlivan

Lotharingia – Simon Winder

The Waste Land – T.S. Eliot

Foula – Sheila Gear

Hurricane Lizards And Plastic Squid – Thor Hanson

The Turkish Embassy Letters – Mary Wortley Montagu

 

Book Of the Month

My book of the month is Moneyland – Oliver Bullough. This is a shocking book about the way that those with lots and lots of money are controlling the world at the money. He tries to shine a light into this dark pit he is calling Moneyland and it made me angry. Read it and it should make you angry too

 

Top Genres

Natural History – Ten Books

Travel – Seven Books

Poetry – Five Books

 

Top Publishers

William Collins – Six Books

John Murray – Two Books

Quercus – Two Books

Allen Lane – Two Books

Faber & Faber – Two Books

Little Toller- Two Books

Plus 32 other publishers with one book each!

 

Review Copies Received

Lost Woods – Rachel Carson

Foula – Sheila Gear

Fledgling – Hannah Bourne-Taylor

Tomorrow’s People – Paul Morland

Jacobé & Fineta – Joaquim Ruyra

The Seven Deadly Sins – Mara Faye Lethem

The Price of Immortality – Peter Ward

The Sloth Lemurs Song – Alison Richard

Taking Stock – Roger Morgan-Grenville

Where My Feet Fall – Duncan Minshall

One People – Guy Kennaway

The Hill of Devi – E.M. Forster

Three Women of Herat – Veronica Doubleday

Polling Unpacked – Mark Pack

 

Library Books Checked Out

We Robots – Curtis White

The Travel Photographer’s Way – Nori Jemil\

Babes In The Wood – Mark Stay

Robot Overlords – Mark Stay

 

Books Bought

Tiny Castles – Dixe Wills

Irreplaceable – Julian Hoffman (Signed)

Naples 44 – Norman Lewis

Sweet Thames Run Softly – Robert Gibbons

The Marsh Arabs – Wilfred Theisger

Return To The Marshes – Gavin Young (Signed)

The Wren: A Biography – Stephen Moss

Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler

Constable Paintings, Watercolours & Drawings by Leslie Parris

Europe – Jan Morris

Beyond Lion Rock – Gavin Young

Slow Boats to China – Gavin Young

Slow Boats Home – Gavin Young

Country Driving: A Chinese Road Trip – Peter Hessler

Morning In The Burned House – Margaret Atwood (Signed)

In Search of Isaac Gulliver – M.V. Angel

Born To Be Mild – Rob Temple

The Village on the Hill: The Story of Colehill in Dorset – George Sadler

Three Came Home: A Woman’s Ordeal In A Japanese Prison Camp – Agnes Keith

The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld – Stephen Briggs

April 2022 TBR

April is already here, how did that happen? Without further ado, I am aiming to read around 18 of these over the coming month. Also will be reading some fiction as I have so far not read any this year!

 

Reading Through The Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year – Allie Esiri

Word Perfect – Susie Dent

 

Finishing Off (Still!)

Opened Ground Poems 1966 – 1996 Seamus Heaney

The Turkish Embassy Letters – Mary Wortley Montagu

Who Are We Now? -Jason Cowley

The Year the World Went Mad – Mark Woolhouse

Hope and Fear – Ronald H. Fritze

 

Review Copies

Tomorrow’s People – Paul Morland

The Seven Deadly Sins – Mara Faye Lethem

One People – Guy Kennaway

The Hill of Devi – E.M. Forster

Three Women of Herat – Veronica Doubleday

The Sloth Lemur’s Song – Alison Richard

Where My Feet Fall – Duncan Minshull

Polling UnPacked – Mark Pack

Fledgling – Hannah Bourne-Taylor

Jacobé & Fineta – Joaquim Ruyra

Isles at the Edge of the Sea – Jonny Muir

The Good Life: Up the Yukon Without a Paddle – Dorian Amos

Astral Travel Elizabeth Baines

Britain Alone – Philip Stephens

We Own This City – Justin Fenton

Spaceworlds – Ed. Mike Ashley

The Power of Geography – Tim Marshall

The Four Horsemen – Emily Mayhew

The Spy Who Was Left Out In The Cold – Tim Tate

The Devil You Know – Gwen Adshead, Eileen Horne

Letters from Egypt – Lucie Duff Gordon

Crawling Horror – Ed. Daisy Butcher & Janette Leaf

The Valleys of the Assassins – Freya Stark

The Cruel Way – Ella Maillart

Above the Law – Adrian Bleese

Cornish Horrors – Ed. Joan Passey

Somebody Else – Charles Nicholl

Scenes from Prehistoric Life – Francis Pryor

Black Lion – Sicelo Mbatha

The Babel Message – Keith Kahn-Harris

The Heath – Hunter Davies

 

Library

The Nanny State Made Me – Stuart Maconie

12 Birds to Save Your Life – Charlie Corbett

Seed To Dust – Marc Hamer

No Friend But The Mountains – Behrouz Boochani

Umbria – Patricia Clough

 

Poetry

Ariel – Sylvia Plath

Kid – Simon Armatage

 

Books to Clear

Our Game – John Le Carré

The Tailor of Panama- John Le Carré

Year of the Golden Ape – Colin Forbes

Dreaming in Code – Scott Rosenberg

Secret Bristol – James MacVeigh

 

Challenge Books

The Wood That Made London – C.J. Schuler

English Pastoral – James Rebanks

Wild Silence Raynor Winn

 

Photobook

Mysterious Britain – Homer W. Sykes

So, er, that is it. Inevitably there will be library books that have to be read as others have reserved them. Either way, I win!

Any in that list that you like the look of?

January 2022 Review

I am quite a bit later with this than I had intended. Ah well, this is a hobby not a job at the end of the day. So here are the books that I read in January:

I have been a big fan of Billy Connolly for as long as I can remember. He is a great human being and is always interested in those people that have made a difference in their communities. His observational humour is very rude and very funny and this book is a summation of those stories. I really liked it.

I read two history books that couldn’t have been any more different. English Farmhouse is about the rural architecture of the Wessex chalk downs and whilst it is not about a specific farm it is still a fascinating and detailed look at how these buildings were made. Across the other side of the world is the largest ocean that we have on the planet. Scattered across it are thousands of tiny islands that people have lived on for hundreds of years. Thompson takes us on a journey to these places and the people who could navigate between the islands with ease.

   

Bridging the gap between memoir and history is Thicker Than Water by the author of Islands of Abandonment, Cal Flynn. In this, she finds out about a relative who moved to Australia, and then when she is there find out about the atrocities that he perpetrated. This is her story about coming to terms with what he did.

Tanya Shadrick nearly died after the birth of her first child. She survived and it gave her a new lease of life to change from the person she had been into the person that she is now. Taking those risks meant stepping outside her comfort zone and change her life for the better.

I read six natural history books in January! Biography of a Fly is a graphic novel about a fly who befriends a raptor and we see this through his short life. Finding The Mother Tree is more science-based and is the story of Suzanne Simard’s discovery of how a forest actually functions and the key role that each plant plays, in particular, the mycological networks in the soil. On the Marsh is Simon Barnes year-long diary of the time spent looking at the wildlife on the small patch of march he is fortunate to own in Norfolk

       

The Sea Is Not Made Of Water is Nicholson applying the same rigour that he did to seabirds to the life under the ocean. Fascinating stuff. Nests is a beautiful book of all of Susan Ogilvy’s paintings of the nest that were in her garden or collected by friends. Thirteen Ways to Smell a Tree is probably the oddest titles book that I have read in a while, but it is well worth it. If you love the scent of wood in any form then I can highly recommend this.

         

Some people react to conflict by getting angry too. Shahe Mankerian wrote poetry instead and this collection is not really one I liked, the content is just too grim for that. However, I did admire it for its honesty.

I read five travel books too! My journeys were to take to modern and historical Greece in, A Thing Of Beauty, to the forests of Russia in The White Birch and slowly across America in Another Fine Mess.

       

I have had Elephant Complex on my shelf for ages and I finally got to read it last month. Not as good as some of his other books, but he does get under the skin of the Sri Lankan’s Nick Jubber’s book takes us across Europe finding the original sources of the Fairy Tales that have become so well known these days.

   

My book of the month is a book on old postcards of the county that I live in. Lost Dorset: The Towns is the companion volume to Lost Dorset: The Villages & Countryside and feature another set of postcards from Barry Cuff’s remarkable collection of Dorset postcards. As I know some of these places I personally find it fascinating.

So 18 books in total for January means that I have made a good start to the 2022 Good Reads Challenge.

Any here that you have read? Any that now take your fancy? Let me know in the comments below.

I also have a couple of questions:

1. Do you want me to include monthly stats? I.e. what genres that I have read, and top publishers?

2. Do you want me to include a list of all the books that I have bought or beent sent too? Or would you want to see that in another monthly post

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