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The Moth Catcher
Christmas with the Savages
Vinyl Cafe Unplugged
The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories
The Blind Assassin
Plan for Chaos
Waiting for the Barbarians
The City of Falling Angels
The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind
Wars of the Roses 3: Bloodline
A Gentleman in Moscow
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor
Alien: Covenant - The Official Movie Novelization
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A couple of my photos...
So, the potted history bit...
OK, so I'm not quite Indiana Jones (I wish!), but I am a big history fan, particularly medieval stuff - Wars of the Roses, people bashing each other up dressed up like soup tins, etc. All good fun! I have been known (i.e. frequently) to stand for hours staring at a deserted field simply because someone fought someone else there several hundred years earlier.
I live in Horsham, West Sussex and work in Redhill, Surrey. The former is a pretty market town, surrounded by the countryside of the Weald. Redhill isn't, though it is an interesting little town with lots of Victorian railway history. Honest guv. Would I lie to you?
I also volunteer at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum near Chichester. It is a valley through the South Downs where rescued buildings (about 50 of them) have been reassembled having been dismantled from their original sites. My favourite is Bayleaf, a medieval farmstead, complete with cows, geese, chickens, heavy horses, pigs, orchards, Tudor kitchen and medieval loo!
Favourite reads :
Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
Making History by Stephen Fry
The Earth by Emil Zola
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Neverwhere and Coraline by Neil Gaiman
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
The Shipping Forecast by Annie Proulx
Five Boys by Mick Jackson
The Sparrow/Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
He Kills Coppers by Jake Arnott
The Grapes of Wrath and The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The High Window by Raymond Chandler