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Member: passion4reading

CollectionsYour library (294), Favourite childhood reads (12), Read with my children (15), Read but not kept (123), Borrowed books (64), Currently reading (1), Unable to finish (6), All collections (496)

Reviews173 reviews

Tagshistorical fiction (73), historical whodunit (36), supernatural (29), non-fiction (27), contemporary fiction (17), fiction (13), England (13), fantasy (12), 19th century (12), Middle Ages (10) — see all tags

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About meUntil 2011 I was an underpaid, undervalued nurse in the NHS until I decided that enough was enough and made my passion for reading and books my profession. I'm now a qualified proofreader and copy-editor with my own business. No regrets!

About my libraryI'm a member of Amazon's Vine programme, so new books get added on a monthly basis. The book shelves that my husband put up when we moved into this house have already run out of space and I'm promised new ones. Motto: One can never have too many books.

GroupsBBC Radio 3 Listeners, Elizabethan England, German Library Thingers, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, Richard III

Favorite authorsDiana Norman, Karen Maitland, Jess Richards, Imogen Robertson, C. J. Sansom, James Treadwell, Robert Wilton (Shared favorites)


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Real namePetra Bryce

LocationMalvern, Worcestershire, UK

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceJul 16, 2012

Currently readingA History of the World in 100 Objects by Dr Neil MacGregor

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Hi Petra,
I went into this book with a pretty strong opinion as to what happened, namely that there was an explosion of alcohol fumes in the hole prompting all on board to take to the lifeboat in case there was another explosion. They probably intended to stay connected to the ship by a line but something happened and the ship, which didn't explode, sailed away without them. The book suggests that they could have been off course and the captain may have died which could well have happened as what I suggested doesn’t sound like the actions of an experienced captain. The author mentioned fumes from the cargo and a few other things that suggest a belief in the same conclusions i have come to.
P.S. I enjoyed your review of Clare's 'The Nature of Monsters'. It has reminded me that I want to try reading something else by her.
Hi Petra,
thanks for your comment re: my review of 'The Ressurectionist'. Your explanation makes perfect sense re: the front cover and marketing, but I think that (skimming my review again) I was actually referring to the use of the bird as a motif within the story. Anyway, nice to know that someone shared my feelings!
Hi, I just saw your review of Petite Mort (after posting my own), and I thought I would just let you know that no, you are not on your own in your assessment. Your sentiments were in-line with my own. I wanted to like it, but there was just something missing.

Anyway, great review!
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