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Reading List
15 January 2016

As you will probably know, Roz and I are avid readers and, every so often, I like to let you know what I am reading.  (Although, I am certain Roz' pile would be much higher!)  Anyway, this is what is being currently read or just completed.  Please don't be fooled by the Gaelic title.  My Gaelic is strictly simple but I am enjoying hearing others read it fluently at a local, Gaelic reading group in Portree, Isle of Skye and hope - one day - to manage it for myself.  Most likely, I will have to live to at least 130 to do that!!!

Monica Edwards' Storm Ahead is a heavy, dark account based on the real storm which, tragically, cost the lives of the entire crew of the Mary Sanford lifeboat in 1928.  This edition was published by Girls Gone By with a long introduction giving details of the true-life disaster and where the account took place.  Of all Monica's novels, I find this the most difficult to read.  It is sombre though with many high points - outstanding bravery of the heroines and the stark reality of flooding, the dedication of lifeboat-men and the difficulties encountered after flood and sea rescues.  Not a light-hearted read!

Cork on the Water by Macdonald Hastings is an old Penguin classic set in the Highlands of Scotland near a rushing river and loch.  The hero, in this plot, is Mr Montague Cork, dogged and determined elderly manager of the Anchor Accident Insurance Company. When he gets the slightest whiff of an insurance scam he is off to the Highlands to uncover the truth by a series of innumerable twists and turns as contorted as a corkscrew and just like the Scottish Highland roads!  Once this story is off the ground, it's really gripping.  There is no shortcut to the truth - only guesses - and you have to take all those turns to reach the destination at its climax.  This is an ideal classic for anyone who enjoys a thrilling mystery.  This was my first meeting with Macdonald Hastings and, as he wrote a series of Mr Cork novels, I hope this will be the first of many exciting reads!

Norma   x


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