My Week in Books: 27 July 2016

This Week in Books is a weekly round-up hosted by Lypsyy Lost & Found, about what I’ve been reading Now, Then & Next.


A similar meme,  WWW Wednesday is run by Taking on a World of Words.

I’m reading The Sunne in Splendour, historical fiction about Richard III:


Richard, last-born son of the Duke of York, was seven months short of his nineteenth birthday when he bloodied himself at the battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury, earning his legendary reputation as a battle commander in the Wars of the Roses, and ending the Lancastrian line of succession.

But Richard was far more than a warrior schooled in combat. He was also a devoted brother, an ardent suitor, a patron of the arts, an indulgent father, a generous friend. Above all, he was a man of fierce loyalties, great courage and firm principles, who was ill at ease among the intrigues of Edward’s court. The very codes Richard lived by ultimately betrayed him.

But he was betrayed by history too. Leaving no heir, his reputation was at the mercy of his successor, and Henry Tudor had too much at stake to risk mercy. Thus was born the myth of King Richard III, the man who would stop at nothing to gain the throne.

Filled with the sights and sounds of battle, the customs and love of daily life, the rigours and dangers of Court politics and the touching concerns of very real men and women, The Sunne in Splendour is a richly coloured tapestry of medieval England.

Then: I’ve recently finished, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, a spy thriller set in the Cold War period.


Alex Leamas is tired. It’s the 1960s, he’s been out in the cold for years, spying in the shadow of the Berlin Wall for his British masters. He has seen too many good agents murdered for their troubles. Now Control wants to bring him in at last – but only after one final assignment. He must travel deep into the heart of Communist Germany and betray his country, a job that he will do with his usual cynical professionalism. But when George Smiley tries to help a young woman Leamas has befriended, Leamas’s mission may prove to be the worst thing he could ever have done. In le Carré’s breakthrough work of 1963, the spy story is reborn as a gritty and terrible tale of men who are caught up in politics beyond their imagining.

Next: There are several books I want to read next, mainly the books on my 20 Books of Summer list, but I’ve not been doing very well with that this month and the book that’s really beckoning me right now is The Woman Who Walked Into The Sea by Mark Douglas-Hume. I reserved this at the library and after waiting weeks for it I collected it yesterday. It’s the second in his Sea Detective series. I loved the first one, The Sea Detective and hope this will be just as good.

Cal McGill is a unique investigator and oceanographer who uses his expertise to locate things – and sometimes people – lost or missing at sea.

His expertise could unravel the haunting mystery of why, twenty-six years ago on a remote Scottish beach, Megan Bates strode out into the cold ocean and let the waves wash her away.

Megan’s daughter, Violet Wells, was abandoned as a baby on the steps of a local hospital just hours before the mother she never knew took her own life.

As McGill is drawn into Violet’s search for the truth, he encounters a coastal community divided by obsession and grief, and united only by a conviction that its secrets should stay buried…

But I know that I’m not too good at predicting what I’ll read next, so it could be something else instead.

8 thoughts on “My Week in Books: 27 July 2016

  1. Oooh, I love the sound of The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea. I might have to add that to my own TBR, And lol, I know what you mean about not really being able to predict your next read. I have the same problem!

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    1. Oh, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has difficulty deciding what to read next – although at the moment I’m very keen to start reading The Woman Who Walked into the Sea!


  2. Ooooh, you have a treat in store with The Woman Who Walked into the Sea. I’m eyeing The Sunne in Splendour after enjoying The Daughter of Time rather a lot. I do not need more books. ‘Repeat’… I do NOT need more books… If I keep repeating it I might even manage to convince myself. LOL!


    1. Cath, I remember how much you liked The Woman Who Walked into the Sea, so I’m hoping I enjoy it as much as you. I certainly don’t want to put you off reading The Sunne in Splendour, because so far (I’m on page 302) I think it is very good, but my copy has 886 pages in a very small font!! I see the current (2014 edition) has 1248 pages – presumably in a bigger font. I’m just saying … but it is good 🙂


  3. ‘The Woman Who Walked Into the Sea’ reminds me of Chopin’s ‘The Awakening.’ I hope it’s a good read. Happy reading!


  4. I’ve read a few historical fictions about Richard III. I’ve enjoyed them all.

    The Woman Who Walked into the Sea also looks very appealing. Perhaps I’m longing for the beach. But a town divided between grief and…obsession? Interesting!


  5. I really liked Douglas-Home’s first book The Sea Detective, Margaret, and I keep hearing this about this second one, too. So I’ll be very keen to know what you thought of it. And King Richard III is one of those intriguing historical figures who keep generating interest. I hope you’re enjoying that one.


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