holiday_books July 26

Hunter S. Thompson – Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72

I started reading this book in Skiathos last year, took it with me to Kos and read some more and finally finished it when I got back home.  It has around 480 pages of small tightly spaced text and isn’t exactly your typical summer holiday read. The book is essentially a collection of articles written […]

holiday_books July 24

Bryan Forbes – The Twisted Playground

I read this book simply because it was physically lightweight and would fit in my carry-on luggage on my trip back from Kos. I choose it from the books that were available from our hotel and left ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, ‘The Amber Spyglass’, ‘Scar Tissue’ and ‘Sharpe’s Trafalgar’ in return; more than a fair […]

holiday_books July 20

Philip Pullman – The Amber Spyglass

At the start of The Amber Spyglass, the third volume of Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, Mrs Coulter has Lyra hidden in a cave a doped up to stay asleep. She knows about the prophecy about Lyra facing a great temptation like Eve in the Garden of Eden. As usual with the main adult characters […]

holiday_books July 15

Anthony Kiedis – Scar Tissue

It would be interesting to know much help Kiedis got from Larry Sloman with writing this book. His name is on the cover along with the famous ex-drug-hoover Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman so I guess he helped quite a bit. So technically maybe we can’t describe this long book as Kiedis’s autobiography? But that’s […]

holiday_books July 12

Bernard Cornwell – Sharpe’s Trafalgar

In one of my holiday posts I confessed to secretly reading the Sharpe series by Bernard Cornwell and not blogging about the books. I will try to make amends with this post. The first I had heard of Sharpe was as a television series which ran on ITV in the UK in the mid-90s and […]

holiday_books July 10

Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird

Don’t expect any great thesis on this book folks – I didn’t study it when I was at school and I’m not a swooning fan. I’m writing this post because this was the first of my ‘summer holiday books’; more posts will follow covering the others. I decided to do them one by one this […]

Welcome to Kos sign at the airport Kos July 01

Kos 2015 – Day 15 – that’s all folks!

We had a bit of a lie in this morning and then I let Siggy go ahead of me to the pool because my brain was farting. We had agreed to just stay at the hotel today before we had to leave, but for some reason this simpler plan (simpler than going to the beach […]


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