LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

12th April 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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Land of Second Chances: the Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team

by Tim Lewis. Land of Second Chances weaves a wonderful path between cycling and Rwanda, managing to concentrate on both and show how intertwined they are. Although there is inevitably some detail about the genocide, there is much more about … Continue reading

3rd April 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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Islands Beyond the Horizon: The Life of Twenty of the World’s Most Remote Places

by Roger Lovegrove. I found this a fascinating read. Lovegrove takes the reader to “…twenty of the world’s most remote places.” Some of these you’ll have probably heard of (Tristan da Cunha, St Kilda, South Georgia), but others you won’t … Continue reading

21st March 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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Shakespeare

by Bill Bryson. Bryson admits straight away that he’s not a Shakespeare scholar, but he brings to the collective history a wholly objective voice. The one thing he knows about Shakespeare, he says, is that no one knows very much … Continue reading

10th February 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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Attention All Shipping

Charlie Connelly A funny and charming travelogue of the shipping-forecast areas. Charlie Connelly visits those places (on land) that he feels best reflect their adjacent forecast areas. Starting of on the Norwegian island of Utsira, he travels clockwise around the … Continue reading

22nd January 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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Red Bones

by Ann Cleeves. Ann Cleeves is the queen of the slow-burn, something she manages to master without annoying the reader, which I think is a formidable skill. Some element of the plot are apparent in advance, but despite having read … Continue reading

18th January 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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White Nights

by Ann Cleeves. Just as good as Raven Black, if not better. When a stranger is found hanged at a remote village on Shetland, local police Inspector Jimmy Perez is called in to investigate. Most of the people living in … Continue reading

10th January 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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Raven Black

by Ann Cleeves. Fabulous book, with wonderfully realistic characters, and a story that I couldn’t put down – even when I wasn’t actually reading the book. Mild-mannered policeman, Jimmy Perez, a native to Fair Isle, is investigating the murder of a … Continue reading

4th January 2016
by Leigh Forbes
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The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

by Michael Booth. Written by an Englishman living in Denmark, The Almost Nearly Perfect People presents a light-hearted study of the Nordic people. Having travelled throughout the region, and interviewed many people from across the political and academic spectrum, Michael … Continue reading