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'Rusticles' by Rebecca Gransden

The next few weeks my blog will be about the books I've read. Recently, of course. It follows on from my thoughts on reading Jean Teule's 'The Poisoning Angel' last week, and will include the likes of 'Norse Mythology' by Neil Gaiman, 'Folk' by Zoe Gilbert, and some shorts by Daphne Du Maurier. However this week my thoughts are with 'Rusticles' by Rebecca Gransden. I chose to read 'Rusticles' because (like me) Rebecca is a new, up and coming author without the backing and marketing clout of a major publishing house. It made sense to me that I ought to be reading and supporting other independent authors in a similar boat to me. I'm glad I did because I really did enjoy it. Lots! And it only g

'The Poisoning Angel' - by Jean Teulé

I enjoyed one of those wonderful events recently; you know the one, when you pick up a random book in the library and it turns out to be truly amazing. The book in question was 'The Poisoning Angel' by Jean Teulé; a donated book, and the library was in Sandy. It was a risky move on my part; a translated foreign work. Always a worry because they so often don't translate. There have been so many I tried and did not finish. Feeling brave, adventurous at picking it up, I opened the cover and... I loved it from the off. Why? It reminded me of Patrick Süskind's 'Perfume', but unlike 'Perfume' 'The Poisoning Angel' is based on a true person; she being Hélène Jégado. A female famed for poisoning at

Vikings ... in Tempsford and Sandy

On an earlier post I made mention of Sandy’s Iron Age forts, and in so doing touched on Vikings too. It’s true. There were Vikings in this part of the world. Lots... Unlike the Romans, who marched, built roads and fortified, the Vikings sailed their longboats down the natural highways of the River Great Ouse and Ivel. And fortified; Unfortunately, Vikings didn’t tend to fortify hills like the Romans did, prefering to build palisades on low lying floodplains and marshes more handy for their longboats. These plains and islands have long since been drained for the most part, built on and civilised with houses and schools. Indeed, where Sandy Place Academy stands at the end of Park Road off the

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