Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Petticoat Men by Barbara Ewing – 2014

The Petticoat Men is a good historical novel which plunges you into the febrile atmosphere surrounding a scandalous trial in 1870s London.  It tells the story of the arrest and trial of Ernest Boulton and Frederick Parks – or Stella and … Continue reading

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Carnival Sky by Owen Marshall – 2014

“There is a form of idleness that is not relaxation, but the expression of malaise, a disenchantment with life.”  Sheff has become disenchanted with his newspaper job and resigns with vague plans of travelling overseas.  His father is dying of … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of James Cook & James Cook’s New World by Graeme Lay – 2013/2014

Despite much being written of James Cook’s achievements – both positive and negative – little is known of the man himself.  Cook certainly kept a Captain’s log for the Admiralty during his voyages – but in these two novels Graeme … Continue reading

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