I love surprises and I love to read a wide variety of things especially if they are over 300 pages and beautifully written. The past attracts me like a magnet that I can't resist, notably the dark and tragic stories of the kind that the Russians excel in. To me the greatest mystery is people, and so I love psychological suspense and books with hidden puzzles or plots. I also enjoy wry, tongue in cheek humor of the Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) variety, and like to read my favorite parts out loud. Because I'm a big music fan, I am always looking for biographies and memoirs about musicians. I recently read Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s by Tom Doyle.
Old favorites include Dickens, Dostoevsky, Kate Atkinson, Margaret Atwood and Henning Mankell. Right now I am on a Boris Akunin kick and am enjoying my visit to Imperial Russia. Ask me for books with a strong sense of place and where the characters seem to leap off the page. I look forward to talking books with you.
What I'm reading now: Not my Father's Son by Alan Cumming
What I 'm listening to: Coz by David Crosby
What I'm watching: Endeavor , Season 3
Before I watch the movie: Railway Man: A POW's searing account of war, brutality and forgiveness by Eric Lomax
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