The Adversary

Emmanuel Carrer. Vintage. (208p) ISBN 9781784705800

The Adversary

The Adversary

The Adversary is an interpretation of the name Satan, and this is where the writer gets the title of the book from, as the acts and behaviour of Jean-Claude Romand could be interpreted as evil.

This is a hard read, but compelling, in the way that watching a car crash is compelling.

How Jean-Claude Romand was able to live such a life for so long is unimaginable, the lies he told and the lies others must have told themselves to compound his initial lies are beyond belief.

The translation gives the book an almost clinical tone, but it is suited to the subject matter.

This is a book that has to be read, if only to convince yourself that it is not a work of fiction.


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Rewild Yourself

Simon Barnes. Simon & Schuster. (208p) ISBN 9781471175428

Rewild Yourself

Rewild Yourself

It was the cover of this book that drew me to it as all I wanted to do was spend some time at the side of the water.

Split into 23 accessible chapters, each focusing on a different change you can make to feel more within the wild that is always around us but that you haven’t noticed.

I love books that have small chapters as it’s a great bedside read, dipping in and out before you fall asleep. This is especially true of books on art and nature due to the positive feelings you get from them. The big problem with ‘Rewild Yourself’ was I was so spellbound by it I read it in a day.

From learning to identify a few butterflies to wearing waterproof trousers, each change is small, but taken as a whole could make a great difference to your appreciation of the plants and animals around you, it will also help make those #lockdown walks more interesting.

A well-written and well-argued collection of essays it will be a great reference to return to when I want to learn a new spell beyond the ones I’m already doing.


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#20BooksOfSummer

I’ve been finding it really hard to choose the next book I wanted to read as I have so (too) many to choose from and this has lead to a form of decision paralysis.

Joining this challenge has at least cut my list down to 20 to choose from, though it did take almost a week to choose those 20.

The list is:

  1. Green Valley by Louis Greenberg
  2. The House of Light by Julia Green
  3. The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
  4. Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller
  5. Arctic Zoo by Robert Muchamore
  6. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
  7. The Dark Rising by Susan Cooper
  8. The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  9. Common People edited by Kit De Waal
  10. The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
  11. A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby
  12. The Ghouls of Howlfair by Nick Tomlinson
  13. The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell
  14. Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari
  15. The Closest Thing to Flying by Gill Lewis
  16. The Maker of Monsters by Lorraine Gregory
  17. What’s That in Dog Years? by Ben Davis
  18. Oblivion by Hector Abad
  19. Saltwater by Jessica Andrews
  20. Doxology by Nell Zink


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