I. Black

Irene researching her next book in Burma. Irene's website: www.ireneblack.co.uk
Helpful votes received on reviews: 59% (26 of 44)
Location: Surrey, UK

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 329,164 - Total Helpful Votes: 26 of 44
The Coroner's Lunch: A Dr Siri Murder Mystery (Dr &hellip by Colin Cotterill
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked!, 15 April 2014
My son. who lives in Laos, recommended this book. Now I'm hooked. I've read all the Dr Siri books and am desperately hoping there's another in the pipeline. Please let Dr Siri go on for many years - it's so great to have an older 'hero'. And I love his motley crew. What a wonderful painter of character Colin Cotterill is! All the main protagonists are unforgettable. Mr Cotterill writes with such wit and humour, even when the story gets dark. He also paints a fantastic picture of Vientiane, which certainly helped bring the city to life for me on my first visit. I love the intrusion of the spirit world. You could not call this a conventional novel, and the author ignores all those 'rules'… Read more
The Voices of Marrakesh: A Record of a Visit (Peng&hellip by Elias Canetti
I wish I had read this before my recent visit to Morocco. Canetti gently instils a flavour of Marrakesh without resorting to fact overkill. It is a short book - which is not a criticism. It is the sign of a good writer to be able to say a lot in few words. I particularly enjoyed his sorties into the mellah, where now only ghosts of those occupants reside. His descriptions of the way animals are treated are hard to read, but still, I'm afraid, true. He also leaves some food for thought regarding the French colonial era. If you are planning a trip to Morocco, read this book before you go.
Bulgaria - land of Skies: Everything you always wa&hellip by Jay Margrave
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Until I read this, Bulgaria evoked for me faceless grey Soviet apartment blocks beside a dull sea; cabbages and undrinkable firewater. What a surprise it was to read this account of the writer's travels and to realise that I actually did not know anything about Bulgaria at all. Jay Margrave's eloquently-written prose takes us through an enigmatic land, rich in history, stunning architecture and beautiful landscapes. The writer dots the book with anecdotes about eccentric people, local tales and legends, as well as some wonderfully imaginative and amusing forays into the writer's own thoughts and conclusions. This is an idiosyncratic book which will entertain you while giving you a true… Read more