The final part of this wonderful trilogy opens with the beheading of Anne Boleyn. Ah, Cromwell. Welcome back, my old friend.
The Historian is an elegant masterpiece, mixing folklore with history, gothic terror and classic literature.
A gothic ghost story set during the First World War.
A disturbing story about unknown victims of war.
Or - The Children's Crusade - a Duty-Dance With Death. Which explains it all really.
A story of conspiracy during the Medieval period and the Plantagenet family.
In the time of the American Civil Rights Movement, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King and a new boxer called Cassius Clay, a wholesome teenage boy is sent to a school to advance his academic and moral education. It almost destroyed him.
Six students at an art school in 1920s Weimar play a little game where they hide something in their hand. They leave three-word clues, and the others try to guess what they are hiding. Of course, there are many other things to hide as well, and the story collects the clues to uncover what everyone is hiding.
A highly original Victorian murder mystery, which is totally absorbing with a unique central character.
A dead prostitute in Victorian Edinburgh discovered by a trainee doctor. Who decides to keep quiet. Great start.
A Medieval Doom painting, an Anglo-Saxon saint, mythical creatures, a magpie, an historian, dead babies, the groaning sickness and a big old house. A fantastic gothic tale.
This book was chosen to coincide with my visit to Pompeii. I finished reading it as the wheels touched down at Luton Airport. And what a great read it was.
A depressing and disturbing account of a young girl's life in the Victorian era as a victim of abuse in all its horror.
A blockbuster novel about the life of Elizabeth I.
Three things dominate my thoughts on this book.
The 'storyteller' in this book invented a story to describe the horrors of Nazi/Holocaust monsters as actual vampirish monsters. This is an interesting approach. I wonder if this book may have been better if this format, as an allegory, had been the only one.
The third book in the Regeneration Trilogy and by far the best as the awarding of the Booker prize indicates. I read this as a stand-alone and the trilogy later without losing anything from the flow of the overall theme of regeneration.
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