The weather was perhaps more striking because several of my recent reads have featured Australian scenes. There is something a tad unsettling about reading of places you know but no longer are. The books, however, have been good and inspired me to share a book-themed post. It's been a while between TV thoughts too, so I'm bundling them into this post as well.
First, the books. Not pictured above because I read it on my iPad is the latest book from C. J. Sansom. If you haven't read Sansom's books, I highly recommend them - they are my favourite series from the last few years. He has written two stand alone books, but most of his work forms a series set around Tudor-period London. Lamentation is the latest and it was as excellent as its predecessors.
The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick also features scenes from London, as well as Ireland and Australia, but somewhat earlier in time. It begins in 1840, when British convicts are being shipped to Australia. There are mysteries, family dramas and a female heroine who refuses to fit the gender stereotypes of her time.
Little Exiles by Robert Dinsdale also has a UK-Australian them, but this time after WWII - and instead of convicts being shipped to Australia, it is orphaned or impoverished children. It is a disturbing tale because of the truth that underpins the story (such children really where shipped away, often without true consent from their parents) but is well written and compelling to read. Much of the story is set in the inner Australia many current Australians don't visit - inland Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Last, I read a fully Australian tale (no UK setting!) based on a true story of a 5-year-old boy found dead in suspicious circumstances in a chaotic and disadvantaged home. Ghost Child by Caroline Overington was perhaps my least favourite of my recent reads, but still gripping enough to hold me through several train journeys.
|An English church, but the sky is pure Australia|
For those of you who prefer screen-based entertainment to the book variety, I have recently discovered Silent Witness and now know why it has such a fan base. Do you know it?? If not, seek it out! It is very good. It has also led me to develop a bit of a crush on Emilia Fox. We're watching old episodes and it fills me with joy that there are many to watch.
The Game, a 'British Cold War spy thriller' is another excellent discovery although one we have nearly finished now. Which leads me to ask - what series do you think I should be watching? Book recommendations are always gratefully received as well!
So - what are you reading or watching at the moment?