The old days, when the news was full of Brexit

Five Escape Brexit Island (Enid Blyton for Grown Ups)Five Escape Brexit Island by Bruno Vincent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Want a spiffing adventure in which 5 plucky Brits come up against a dastardly villain? Complete with phrases like “They moved some the rubble aside as quietly as they could, and discovered…” or “‘Gosh. This is exciting,’ said Anne”?
Will they, their plight apparently hopeless, finally get the better of Evil Cousin Rupert? Or will they be stranded in the Brexit Camp forever..?
Classic old-school adventure with proper 1960s stodgy prose but a wicked topical twist.

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Book Review – ‘The Guilt of Innocents’

The Guilt of Innocents (Owen Archer, #9)The Guilt of Innocents by Candace Robb

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love to read these adventures set in York as it was back in the day – and as large chunks of it stil are! This one full of lively characters, many by now a little older and wiser than in the first one I read.

What particularly appeals to me are the Author’s Notes after the tale – the searches in our city’s archives where she got the information and inspiration; the way a tale comes together in an author’s mind.

Why not 5 stars this time? Only that I found some of the prose a little more pedestrian than in the 1st tale. Sentences like “Owen was concerned about…” when it could have been put in a more interesting way.

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Very short book review – ‘Sapiens’, by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindSapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A broad sweep through the prehistory and history of humankind with a fascinating thesis about ‘what makes us different’ – even from the other human species like the Neanderthals (I shan’t spoil it for you). Never a dull moment among our ancestors’ twists and turns.

Why did I not give 5 stars? Only because some of the final chapters’ speculation about the future seemed, to me, a little dated and let the rest of the ‘story’ down. But perhaps that’s just me.

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