KING LEOPOLD’S GHOST BY ADAM HOCHSCHILD

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild – Houghton Mifflin, 1998 – If you’ve ever wondered why so many African countries continue to be in disarray, long after they chucked out the colonial system, this is a book that you should read.  King Leopold II of Belgium (1835 – 1909) managed to carve out a huge …

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THE LAST GARDEN IN ENGLAND BY JULIA KELLY

The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly, Gallery Books 2021 - What better time spent than enjoying the delights of a resplendent garden?  The famous gardens of the world are the result of landscape designers attempting to enhance, harmonize or tame nature in a way that reflects their will.  But landscape gardening is a …

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THANK YOU JEEVES BY PG WODEHOUSE

THANK YOU, JEEVES BY PG WODEHOUSE, Herbert Jenkins, 1934 - Bertie Wooster and his valet Jeeves are ranked among the great comic duos in English literature.  P.G. Wodehouse wrote thirty-five short stories and eleven novels featuring the two, beginning in 1917 with the short story ‘Extricating Young Gussie’ and finishing in 1974 with the novel …

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THE LIGHT THROUGH THE LEAVES BY GLENDY VANDERAH

THE LIGHT THROUGH THE LEAVES BY GLENDY VANDERAH, Lake Union Publishing, 2021 – Here’s a story about one of the more chilling parental nightmares – a baby abduction.   Ellis has just seen her husband with another woman.  She takes her children to a forested park area where her twins begin fighting and she’s so distraught …

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OPERATION ANGUS BY TERRY FALLIS

Operation Angus by Terry Fallis, McClelland & Stewart, 2021 – Although this is my first foray into the Fallis’ opus, Operation Angus is the third story involving an unlikely set of characters.  Angus McLintock is the Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Prescott, Minister of State for International Relations and a former professor of mechanical engineering.  The …

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