Dial M for Murdoch by Tom Watson, Martin Hickman

Still relevant on many levels. Highly recommended.

Though this book speaks of shocking practices taking place some years back, it remains relevant on many levels. It is smoothly written for ease of reading, with all facts verified. There is intense detail, much of which I’d forgotten, along with further information I’d been unaware of. It is valuable for its evidence of corruption involved in major sections of the press and also close connections to leading politicians as well as the police.
I’m looking for a follow-up. A few low-level operatives were hung out to dry but I feel the main culprits got away scot free. And such appalling dealings must surely have a legacy in today’s Britain.

Book Review

The Weight of Shadows by Karl Holton

A complex crime thriller I will read again.

This novel has extremely complex plotting. For me it was not a book to relax with, until I stopped trying hard to tie together all the different strands. Also, I confess to not doing it justice due to reading five other books (not all novels) at the same time. By the end I had not been able to consolidate the salaciously violent opening scene, Hatton Garden Robbery, London police and Eastern European gangsters. However, I feel to have missed important references and that all is clearly dealt with in Karl Holton’s excellent style of narrative. It has a strange ending which either I ‘didn’t get’, or all will be explained in the follow-up. I look forward to making time to read this book again; to give it the attention it deserves.

The Vinctalin Legacy

The Vinctalin Legacy: Survival, Book 1 Harvest by Vanda Denton

Any other authors out there re-reading their earlier work?

I wrote my first book after I’d watched Star Trek and Stargate so many times I could quote the scripts. At that time I could find nothing comparable to take their place. So I began writing my own very different tale. Unlike my favourite TV shows The Vinctalin Legacy Book 1 is an alien invasion story. I had no plans then, that it would be the first in a fifteen-part series. I’d love to hear from anyone else, any genre, who unintentionally began writing a long series of books.

Survival: Harvest
They awake to the grisly sight of alien invaders silently, methodically collecting the bodies of their victims.
When forced into a life of slavery three desperate heroes stand out as leaders.
With courage, determination and ingenuity they launch a daring counter-attack and against all the odds, emerge victorious, only to discover their masters also were in bondage.

An overview of the fifteen-part series is written in logs by the characters, on this website. There are no spoilers.


4* Useful for many.

They Can’t Find Anything Wrong by David Clarke

Dr. Clarke clearly explains psychosomatic illness and calls, rightly in my opinion, for a more comprehensive approach to modern medicine than we currently enjoy. Most of the book is filled with case studies, which may be comforting to many people suffering from stress, including past extreme experiences. However, it is not, neither does it claim to be, of help for a number of other types of ‘emotion-based’ illnesses.


From A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love By Martin Luther King Jr.

The hardhearted individual never sees people as people, but rather as mere objects or as impersonal cogs in an ever-turning wheel. In the vast wheel of industry, he sees men as hands … He depersonalizes life.


A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. 5 stars

Wonderful, Informative, Inspiring.

Out of the sixty-five reviews I’ve written so far, I have given five stars to only five books. I save them for the most exceptional. I wish I could give this more than five stars. It is by far the most inspiring, moving book I have ever read. Second only to the New Testament. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Book Review

Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby 5stars

A book to make you think.

In this excellent book Archbishop Justin Welby warns of the power given to financial gain in the lives of many individuals, at the cost of a quality of life to be found in the love of God. Far from being anti-capitalist, he merely points to the dangers of favouring the material world, whilst challenging the reader to answer questions concerning their personal life.

quote, ethics

Dethroning Mammon by Justin Welby

Those who, in the late 1940s and in subsequent governments, sought to ensure that every sick person would have free medical treatment (though they paid tax for it – my words), that every child would have an education (ditto on the tax), that every person in poverty would be given a sufficiency with which to combat the extremes of poverty and hunger, were enthroning Christ over mammon. … seen not merely as acceptable but as right in society.

A well-known phrase

Ever wondered where this phrase comes from?

That old chestnut

This most often refers to a frequently repeated joke but can apply to any trite or stale phrase. It comes from an 1816 William Dimond play, Broken Sword, in which Zior misquotes his line, saying instead: the thick boughs of ‘an acorn’ tree… Pablo jumps up shouting, Captain, a chestnut…this is the twenty-seventh time you’ve told the story and it was always a chestnut…

Ever wondered where this phrase comes from?

Have you ever wondered where this phrase comes from?

Gone for a burton

Something that is broken, ruined or destroyed is said to have gone for a burton.
It probably started in the RAF in WW2, referring to a pilot who had died in action. Superstition amongst pilots in such hazardous circumstances had them finding euphemisms for the worst reports they had to make. Burton was a popular beer of the time. There could be comfort in thinking of your missing friend having simply gone to the pub for a beer. And the words would be easier to say.