What I read in July (Part 3)

In this post I am reviewing three more interesting books.

Owl Sense by Miriam Darlington

As part of my nature book reading binge I found Owl Sense on a shelf at the library. It was longlisted for the Wainwright book prize in 2018. This is a fascinating book. I limited myself to reading one chapter at a time in order not to muddle the various species. There is a tension in the book between the author’s family responsibilities and her desire to travel and study owls in the wild. The two threads make an interesting story. I have learned a lot more about owls through reading this book than in visits to an owl centre a few years ago.

(Observant followers of this blog will have noticed that my gravatar is a photo of a wooden owl; the original is becoming increasingly weathered at Sizergh Castle.)

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket by Linda Macdonald

Linda Macdonald is an author I am aware of through Twitter. It turns out that I know some of her extended family, but I haven’t met her. Visiting a library I found this stand-alone novel, The Man in the Jacket, which is in a series about some of the same characters. It is an interesting story about relationships between over-fifties. The ending surprised me – in a good way.



Storytelling by Martin Goldsmith

I bought this book in a clearance sale. As a writer I am always trying to improve my storytelling skills. As a member of the Association of Christian Writers, this book was particularly relevant: its tagline is ‘sharing the gospel with passion and power’. The storytelling traditions of a number of different cultures are discussed with suggestions about how to make stories relevant to different audiences. It is a very useful book. There are some memorable stories in it too.


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