Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Yann Martel‘s Life of Pi is already recognised as a classic and the film of the book was unforgettable so it was difficult to resist a new Yann Martel novel. Dare I call it a novel? Yes, in a way, it is one, but it is also an […]

Cryptic Crossword No 256 Playmates by Chalicea

No 255 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK. Six characters are playmates and have word play only. Across     1  Card game that’s an activity partially coming back (7)     5  Prepared tapas; an Italian dish (5)     8  Phew! I hit no-one in […]

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Like the other crime investigation novels in Ann Cleeves‘ Shetland series, White Nights is memorable for the way it takes its readers right into the heart of a Shetland community with its near 24 hours of daylight and its isolation when fogs prevent planes from coming or going, […]

Crossword No 255 by Chalicea

No 254 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK. Across     1  Father, religious superior and Swedish singers (4)     3  Flat round pieces used in playing the game of draughts and official country residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (8)     […]

Great Britain’s Great War by Jeremy Paxman

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – We have all heard the conventional attitudes to World War One repeated endlessly. Lions led by donkeys and so on. Jeremy Paxman‘s detailed account that takes us from the politics that led to the war, right through to the ‘victory’ celebrations is a refreshingly different analysis. We were […]

Cryptic crossword No 254 by Chalicea

No 253 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Parrot is flying around in transport hubs (8) [More] …

Through a Glass Darkly by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – As the critic from the Evening Standard says on the dust jacket, this was ‘A joy from start to finish’. [More] …

Crossword No 253 by Chalicea

Cryptic crossword No 252 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Capital and largest city of Hawaii; located on a large bay on the island of Oahu [More] …

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böll

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – it took on a new relevance in the recent furore created by devious means adopted by the British tabloid press to gain information. [More] …

Crossword No 252 Downhill by Chalicea

Cryptic crossword No 252

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The ten highlighted solutions are of a kind and the clues have no definiton, only wordplay [More] …