Why Do I Read What I Read?Asks Ralph

ECLECTIC MIX ? Occasionally I stop and wonder why I read what I read.

Other recommendations from people whose taste I trust, but not always.

Other reviewers’ enthusiasms, sometimes.

Often simple hit and miss.



Kaye at Paper Plus suggested that I might like this, as she described it, a cardigan thriller.

Written by a British television personality this is a very English, funny and witty, with a cast of mostly octogenarians who reside in a luxury old people’s home and, as the title suggests, meet to solve what they call cold or lukewarm unsolved cases.

Consternation prevails when they find themselves embroiled in a real murder in their own backyard, so to speak.

Lighthearted and a cleverly written first novel, the author assures us that the next meeting of the Thursday Club is on the way.

Check this one out. you will smile a lot, and, let’s face it we could do with a lot of smiling at this time.

Working, by Robert Caro

A short series of essays by one of America’s foremost writers Robert A Caro , called WORKING found me admiring the depth of his research on New York and how it grew under the planning of Robert Moses in the twenties.

His explanations of how and why; he has devoted much of the latter part of his life publishing four volumes of Lyndon Johnson’s life, with one still to go, are intriguing.

I would never have read it but for a friend thrusting it my way.

A 600-page epic, THE OVERSTORY

At a street soirée a young man decided I must read the latest Pulitzer 2019 prize novelist Richard Powers and his 600 page epic THE OVERSTORY .

He kindly delivered it to my door.

I suspect it might be compulsory reading for members of DOC as it begins and ends with trees as six strangers become influenced by trees trees and trees.

Reality and fantasy are juxtaposed, violence and love intermingle and I so wanted to enjoy this venture but sadly it became more and more of an effort for me as I kept wishing that editors had been brave enough to suggest losing almost half of the novel, on the premise that less is more.

The Trump Monster explained

Finally,to continue the American link, unintentionally as it happens, ‘TOO MUCH and NEVER ENOUGH’ by Mary Trump is a chilling account of her uncle’s life to date.

This is not a hatchet job, but a careful analysis of the Trump family, domineered by father Fred who spent his life and death making life as miserable as possible for all the family except Donald.

The cruelty is breathtaking and callous.

Donald Trump and his father Fred — Getty images

Deeply disturbing but you should read this book if only to understand, but not forgive, the monster who now has power almost unlimited.

Keep warm


Thanks Ralph, I will do as you suggest to help me understand Trump. I have just watched the Versace series on Netflix where the killer of Versace was in the same position with his father, as Donald. Heather

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