‘Mrs. Engels’ and the Triumph of Voice

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I read “Mrs. Engels” by Gavin McCrea, but it’s stayed with me. The memory, not the actual book, which I immediately mailed to my brother-in-law upon completing, because it’s also the sort of work one feels compelled to share. In short, it was amazing. Continue reading


Tides of War: Will This Dog Hunt?

I’ve started “Tides of War” by Stella Tillyard, which I found lying around the office, a forlorn-looking review copy. (But the first forlorn-looking review copy I ever came across enriched with a glowing blurb from the awesome Simon Schama.)  “An epic novel about love and war, set in Regency England and Spain during the Peninsular War (1812-15) by the acclaimed historian and best-selling author of ‘Aristocrats.'” How could you not pick this up?

I’m on Page 106 of 368, and it seems worth it to say something about it now, while it is still alive and in flux in my mind. Continue reading