Personal likes and interests


About series of books

I have always liked to read a series of novels. The first series I remember reading was about child detective  ‘Bunkle’ by Margaret Pardoe with Robin his brother and Jill. This was followed by many of the Baroness Orczy ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ books about Sir Percy and Lady Marguerite Blakeney and their associates against the French revolutionary villain Chauvelin.

I then read  more than once over my lifetime the  6 ‘Barchester’ novels by Anthony Trollope with memorable characters gentle Rev Harding, the boisterous Archdeacon Grantly, the unctuous Dr Slope and uxorious Mrs Proudie and her husband. This lead me via TV series to read and re-read the ‘Palliser’ books with another set of characters that remain in the memory, Planty Pal, the Duke of Omnium, Lady Glencora and Phineas Finn.

In a later similar vein was the 6 books of the  ‘Forsyte Saga”. Again TV took me to the books and I became acquainted  the exploits of Soames, his brother and sisters, and Fleur his daughter, leading me to the last 3 books on the Cherwell family.

TV more recently read  the ‘Poldark’ series. I wondered what they would be like and after reading book 1, acquired the remaining  11 and read them during 2016. They were very enjoyable- sufficient sometime to read the series again

The Peter Law series on Lewis and  Enzo Macleod have been enjoyable with their emphasis on background as well as plot.

Robert Harris is a particular author, whose range is wide. I have finished the third of Cicero series. This was form me the easiest to follow, dealing with Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony , familiar from Shakespeare, but somehow more pointed in th build -up to their deaths.  The main difficulty was in knowing where buildings and places actually were in Rome and why they were significant to Cicero. This bewildered me somewhat. The device of having Tiro writing the biography worked well. I pony had the Fear Index and  Munich to read of his published novels. I feel he is so good at portraying the background to his narrative. The more strictly historical  books help to conclude the tale he writes with a believable outcome.