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Book 41 – Knowing God by J. I. Packer

Self described as an adult catechism, this book gives a clear account of the character and person of God from the Reformed tradition. It’s considered a classic, but is a bit dated in style and language, so I’m not sure I’d recommend it to a brand new 2018 Christian, unless they expressed an interest in these questions.

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Book 37 – Sailing to Freedom by Voldemar Veedam and Carl Wall

Nice little true tale found on the holiday bookshelf. Estonian refugees escaping the Soviets in 1945, sail to America in an impossibly small and leaky boat

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Book 33 – How Did We Get Into This Mess by George Monbiot

Essay collection from Monbiot’s Guardian articles over the last ten years. Some interesting, some really ranty, I love his honesty and sense of purpose, but reading it all in one chunk gets a bit repetitive.

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Book 28 – Notes from Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin

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Interesting, some original observations

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Book 27 – Titanic by Duncan Crosbie, Bob Moulder and Peter Kent

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A rather lovely pop-up book about the Titanic that I found on my brothers bookshelf.

 

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Book 19 – Bookworm by Lucy Mangan

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I spotted this one in Waterstones while casting around for a Mother’s Day present, and knew instantly that I had to read it my Mum would love it. So I did the decent thing; bought the book, gave it to Mum, and borrowed it back once a decent interval had passed (I actually waited three weeks, turns out she hoovered it up on the day I gave it to her).

Lucy Mangan is just a few years younger than me and there is a huge amount of overlap between her reading childhood and mine. It’s not total; she seems to have missed out on the historical fiction novels that had me in their grip around the age of 10 (Joan Aiken, Barbara Willard, Rosemary Sutcliffe). And I never encountered what must have been the early YA genre, so no Judy Blume, Sweet Valley High etc. Also.She.Doesn’t.Like.Tolkein. But apart from that I’d say it’s an 80% match. So I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it to anyone who wasn’t also a bookworm growing up in the South East of England in the 1970s/early 1980s

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Book 18 – An Englishman Aboard (Discovering France in a Rowing Boat) by Charles Timoney

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One from the sub-genre of eccentric epic journey travel books. This one is OK, I quite enjoyed the asides on various aspects of French life and culture. But the journey didn’t really generate sufficient suffering to be fully eligible for this particular canon. Also there was one significant flaw…..NO MAPS!

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