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I’ve just finished reading Joanne Harris, Peaches for Monsieur le Curé.
If you’ve read Chocolat, or seen the film (with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), you’ll enjoy this.
And, in between these two, there’s The Lollipop Shoes.
All three deal with the exotic Vianne Rocher, beginning in the village of Lansquenet, where Vianne opens a sinful chocolate shop directly opposite the church at the start of Lent, splitting the villagers into opposing camps.
In Lollipop Shoes, the action moves to Paris, where Vianne seeks refuge with her two daughters but encounters a dangerous adversary.
Then back to Lansquenet in Peaches for Monsieur le Curé.
But, eight years on, Lansquenet is different now: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea and, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church: a minaret.
New Nexus magazine now out: Crop circles, Autism & Epigenetics , ultrasound, sacred solids of the atomic nucleus, 2nd Sphinx, CIA arms trafficking to ISIS:http://www.nexusmagazine.com
Plus recenly procured backlog of “New Scientist” & " Scientific American" magazines.
“Early Asimov” volumes 1-3 . These short story collections were written just before World War two, the majority rejected by the magazines to which they were submitted by the aspiring, later world leading Sci-Fi author Isaac Asimov (author of “I , Robot”). Unlike many other authors in the genre Asimov actually held a science degree and half knew what he was fictionalising about.
Zoo by James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge. The flyer says “All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear.”
Pretty good read and an interesting concept. I wanted to read this before I watched the TV adaptation running on Sky 1 now.
Don’t know much about Phyllis. I went through a West Riding reading phase : Barstow, Bennett, Braine,
Bazza Hines (Kes) , Teddy Hughes, and of course, dear, dear JB Priestley (…name drop, namedrop, namedrop and am actually acquainted with two of Stan Barstow’s grandnieces who dwelleth in the Merrie citie and take libation in the Wetherspoons…name drop….
I found the autobiography of Phyllis Bentley in a charity shop. I read so many of her novels in the ’40s and ’50s, but had forgotten about her until I saw this book. She wrote gritty stories about the West Riding before other novelists began telling it as it was…pre- writer for John Brain and many more writers of the ’60s.
Lee Child, “Worth Dying for” – another great Jack Reacher story.
Hee hee !! There is actually a book called Grey Wolf – The Case for the Escape of Adolph Hitler (non fiction)
which I’d recommend to everyone who enjoys a real life conspiracy whodunnit. Puts forward some very convincing argtaht Adolp Hitle well have escaped to Argentina in 1945 with Nazi looted gold , living there until 1962 where he dies of a heart attack.
As far fetched as it sounds there’s plenty of eye witness testimonies and corroborative evidence with facsimile documents supom the office of Edgar Hoover. The book is now a film and has its own website:
You need to have a hunt round those charity shops GW. Makes a good title actually. “Grey Wolf – The Hunt for Booker”.
…oh and latest NEXUS magazine just out…absolutely corking issue this one : ET and Intraterrestrials in Islam, Smart Cities surveillance and predictive policing, Chemtrails, Exposing the Pharamceutical Deception, the 4th physical property phase of water, Secret Space Programmes, Chemical discoveries in Giza Pyramids…you want the TRUTH ? It’s all in here…have a look:http://www.nexusmagazine.com