A note from poolside
I’m reading ‘And Did Those Feet’ by Charlie Connelly, in which he walks the historic routes of the likes of Boudicca (York to St Albans), Harold (Stamford Bridge to Hastings), Mary Queen of Scots, Bonny Prince Charlie, you get the picture. It’s packed with historical tit bits and also hilariously funny. I highly recommend
Hi Dan - hope you having a dope holiday. I am listening to The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie- great story and characters - a little more accessible and fun than Game of Thrones - and read masterfully by the one and only Steven Pacey
Dan doesn't like Yuval Noah Harari? How come?
I’m on that bus...mostly because I am working a full time job which I one day dream of escaping to fly around the world touching old things and exploring secret passageways. So my reading time is limited, and if it doesn’t have interesting and believable characters and a good story it will live in my “To Read” pile forever. (At that job right now procrastinating.)
Also I both love and hate that you called the book “Fingerbang” because now I almost certainly will have to read it....and it won’t be able to live up to that name 😂😭
I am reading the Patrilineage of James Phillip Musgrove (my dad) all the way back to his 30th Great Grandfather, Lord Gamel de Musgrave (1030-1090) who was believed to fight in the Battle of Hastings. Completed by a professor from University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), USA! Quite extensive as it is in a 5inch binder.
Also reading Brothers And Sisters, The Allman Brothers Band
by Alan Paul .
Can’t wait for your new book!!!!
Just reading your works again Dan! Keep safe out that way x
Happy holidays Dan.
Gone a little off the history piste right now (partly because of relatively recently finishing Powers & Thrones, which has charged the history batteries for at least 18months! :) )
Reading Wild Once by Dr Vivianne Crowley and a small, black bound battered book about detection, mystery and horror which I liberated from a dark corner in a Cornish pub recently.
Getting history from podcasts at the moment, Oppenheimer, Napoleon doing the rounds as you would expect. All delivered by the very lovely Tom and Dom at the Rest is History and the equally lovely other Dan at History Hit.
Great photos x
I’m reading ‘Storm of Steel’ by Ernst Junger as I have a vested interest in the world wars from a German perspective and I no longer have the patience to read fiction! I picked up this little gem in a motorway services for five quid and it looked like it had been on the shelf for quite some time!
it is imperative that the story i am reading hold up till the very end or i feel so cheated, massively cheated!
wasting a minute of the batteries in my pacemaker should be punishable under the law! AT LEAST GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!!
War and Peace or at least any one of my childhood,s favorite american author RICHARD HALIBORTON ( He presented me with the whole world book by book and i started ASAP to check out many wonderful spots as i could! SYCH A GIFT
I thought I’d be reading a bunch of high brow novels this week, but instead I picked up some gossipy beach reads and smut.
I am now, however, about 150 pp into The Librarianist and I’m in love I’m in love and you need to read it as soon as possible.
I just started “The Writing of the Gods, by Edward Dolnick, about the Rosetta Stone and the deciphering of the hieroglyphs. Fascinating stuff.
An even better book by Dolnick, however, and one that I recommend to anyone who suffers through one of my enthusiastic book recommendations, is “The Forger’s Spell,” about a marginally talented but supremely dishonest Dutch painter who somehow duped the Nazis into thinking his terrible paintings were authentic Vermeers. It’s a true story that blends World War Two, art history and the psychology of fooling people. Just wow!
Ugh so many books I keep bouncing back and forth from:
The Tsarina's Daughter by Ellen Alpstein
The Marriage Potrait by Maggie O'Farrell
Queens of Conquest & Queens of the Crusades by Alison Weir
The Young Alexander by Alex Rowson
When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney
It is impossible to listen to audio books when I'm calculating reading fine print and calculating how medical insurance, which includes Medicare and Medicaid, calculates.
Did I mention I hate numbers?
Anything by Amor Towles, but The Lincoln Highway is just a great story about the madness of young men. Will make you laugh and tear your hair out at the same time. A Walk in the Pond in the Rain by George Saunders is theoretically about how to write (which clearly you don't need advice on) but it is a really fascinating book. His own fiction is off the charts weird, especially his short stories - but they stick with you. Enjoy.
I'm reading Queens of the Crusades by Alison Weir. Just started it today. I'm loving it so far. Love your pics, Dan. Thanks for sharing.☺
Hi Dan, I hope it is not too hot for you and your family and you don’t find yourself in inconvenient circumstances with all the fires over there. Please take care.
The mysterious case of Dr Cream.
Also Hunting Killers.