Friday, 12 August 2016

Holiday Reading

Holiday Reading

Highly recommended

I took all (12) of James Lees-Milne's published diaries, dating from 1941 to 1997, to read on holiday. I finished the last volume a day or two early, so looked on the shelves of our rented house in SW France and found 'The 8.55 to Baghdad' by Andrew Eames, which I highly recommend.  Eames's ostensible theme is to retrace Agatha Christie's journey by train across Europe to the Middle East after the failure of her first marriage.  He is a great stylist and observer and - as he now says - much of what he saw has now sadly been destroyed by the civil war in Syria.

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