Q&A July 2018: What you readin’? Part 1

As I am almost done reading two novels right now, which will be reviewed on here in the next couple of weeks, and there’s too many thunderbugs outside for me to actually do nothing this afternoon – let’s have a little blog q&a! I haven’t done one of these questions lists for a good few years… Continue reading Q&A July 2018: What you readin’? Part 1

True Crime: Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A Victorian Murder Mystery Solved by Paul Thomas Murphy (Head of Zeus, 2016, 270 pgs.) Greenwich, 1871. Before the Ripper caught the public’s horror and the media’s imagination, there was the awful murder of sixteen-year-old Jane Clouson. Discovered brutally disfigured in a quiet country lane, Jane’s murder led… Continue reading True Crime: Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane by Paul Thomas Murphy

Nonfiction: The Loves of the Artists by Jonathan Jones

The Loves of the Artists: Art and Passion in the Renaissance by Jonathan Jones Simon and Schuster UK, 2013-14, 380 pgs. Examining the many lives and loves behind the Renaissance’s most dazzling and sensual artworks and sculptures, The Loves of the Artists reveals the secret – and sometimes not-so-secret – symbols of sex within some of the… Continue reading Nonfiction: The Loves of the Artists by Jonathan Jones

Hardback Heaven: Consult the Oracle by Gabriel Nostradamus

Consult the Oracle by Gabriel Nostradamus (et al) (Old House books, 2013, 168 pgs.) “The colour of the moustache: This indicates character. According to an Italian writer, a black moustache shows a manly boldness; brown, a hot head and good temper; red, wiliness; blonde, a noble soul; white, a lack of vital heat; bristly, fury; thick,… Continue reading Hardback Heaven: Consult the Oracle by Gabriel Nostradamus

Nonfiction: Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman

Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman (Vintage, 2014, 302 pgs.) Belvoir Castle, September 1613: the Earl of Rutland’s young son falls unwell. After a peculiar and painful death, other family members of the estate begin to be afflicted too, including the only heir, the eldest son of the Earl. Whispers soon abound… Continue reading Nonfiction: Witches: James I and the English Witch-Hunts by Tracy Borman

True Crime: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter (Head of Zeus, 2014, 384 pgs.) 1937. When pinup model, Veronica Gedeon, her mother, and their English boarder are found dead from strangulation and stabbing in their New York City apartment, the media devolves into a rabid frenzy of rumour, conjecture, and modern myth-making. Who killed this beautiful young model, whose… Continue reading True Crime: The Mad Sculptor by Harold Schechter

Nonfiction: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements

Christ’s Samurai: The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion by Jonathan Clements (Robinson, 2017, 288 pgs.) Japan, 1638. A Christian cult, led by a ‘boy sorcerer,’ formed a violent uprising that would plunge the southern isles of Japan into civil war. The shogun ordered the samurai to quell the revolt, resulting in the siege of Hara… Continue reading Nonfiction: Christ’s Samurai by Jonathan Clements