Book #12: Farmer Giles of Ham – J R R Tolkien

As a youngster Farmer Giles of Ham inhabited my bookshelf, along with The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Smith of Wootton Major.  I vividly recall trying to read all three at various stages, but could never get on with them.  Looking back, as a stalwart Naughty Elizabeth fan, Tolkien was perhaps a little too rich … More Book #12: Farmer Giles of Ham – J R R Tolkien

Book #10: Strands – Jean Sprackland

Strands describes a year’s worth of walking on the ultimate beach: inter-tidal and constantly turning up revelations: mermaid’s purses, lugworms, sea potatoes, messages in bottles, buried cars, beached whales and a perfect cup from a Cunard liner. This is a series of meditations prompted by walking on the wild estuarial beaches of Ainsdale Sands between … More Book #10: Strands – Jean Sprackland

Book #8: A Life Discarded – Alexander Masters

A Life Discarded is a biographical detective story. In 2001, 148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in … More Book #8: A Life Discarded – Alexander Masters