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A blessing it is to be a readerholic and history junkie. The whole sweep of humanity is always there to swim through. Other people can keep their computer games, soaps, (un)reality tv and X Pop Factor gameshows, I’m usually elsewhere in time.

I do love a story with a happy ending!

So as the evenings become dark and the heating a jumper goes on, you’ll find me over the next week or two with the English archers and men-at-arms trudging through northern France in 1415. A great historical novel is always a joy and not many do it better than the Bernard Cornwell. Eight quid it cost me at Waterstones. Eight quid for an epic novel, hours of entertainment, learning, fascination and slaughtering Frenchmen in the mud – you don’t spend money better than that.

Whatever you’re reading, I hope you’re enjoying it as much as I’ll enjoy mine.

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  1. I read Azincourt a while back; damn good read.

    I’ve got ‘All Hell Broke Loose by Max Hastings on my bookshelf right now. Seems as though the allies won the war because the Axis leaders, politicians, generals and admirals made more mistakes than our lot; according to Hastings that is.

    He might be a well-respected writer, but a bit too self-inflating for my tastes!

  2. Mike Cunningham –

    All Hell Let Loose has had many good reviews and Hastings is a fine historian and writer, but he does knows it too.

  3. It would have been better had there been a St George flag fluttering in the top right-hand corner, instead of the stars & stripes.

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