The Mindful Way through Depression

14th Mar 2023

Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn This was a lifesaver. I think I got it at the right time too. It is an easy read with practical things you can put in place from day one. But it al... more details

Far From the Madding Crowd

28th Feb 2023

Thomas Hardy I decided to challenge myself and pull a classic off the book shelf. First published in 1874. This was a delight. Having studied Hardy at school I could see exam topics with various symbolism and metaphors. But it was also a page turne... more details

It Shouldnt Happen to a Vet

15th Feb 2023

James Herriot I read 'If Only They Could Talk' last year a throughly enjoyed it. I read book two 'It Shouldnt Happen to a Vet' in this omnibus. It was equally good, with all the regular characters - Siegfried and Tristant and the Dales famers. This ... more details

Heavy Weather

27th Jan 2023

Bruce Sterling I read Bruce's Difference Engine when he wrote with Gibson. But he is good on his own too. This was an excellent book. Storm chasers in a dystopian world ravaged by climate change. Lots of good future tech, but also characters you emp... more details

Misspent Youth

17th Jan 2023

Peter F Hamilton This was rubbish, I could not finish it. I have read his early cyberpunk and his later grand scifi. But this one was too sexist and has an old man and 15 year old relationship. Not enough scifi, more like a mills and boon for pervy ... more details

The Bolivian Times

8th Jan 2023

Tim Elliot. This is a fun travel story, it introduces you to the nation of Bolivia and the problems associated with its cocaine production and other third world issues. The travelling, get a job at a paper, make some friends is all good. But it is a... more details

Guards Guards

1st Jan 2023

Terry Pratchett. This is the first in the City Watch series, Carrot comes to Ankh-Morpork to join the police. He is very large but was raised by dwarfs. He is straightlaced. All the other characters we grow to love, Vimes, Fred, and Nobby. A secret... more details