August 25th, 2021

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Reading! I Love It!

A new favorite author — what a delight!

Actually, coming BACK to reading after being away from it is sheer joy. I have spent my entire life reading avidly — everything I could get my hands on. But after my illness in April 2018, I was so sick I couldn't manage it. Could. Not. Manage. Reading! How could that even have been true?

But I couldn't really write, either. I even gave up on this blog, that I love and was devoted to. It was all I could do to read and write as I needed to do for work. I'm grateful I could manage that, anyway.

But I'm BACK to reading! (Can writing be far behind?)

Anyway, my new author is C. J. Sansom. (His official website is here.)

He's especially known for the Matthew Shardlake series.

With well over four million copies in print, C. J. Sansom’s historical crime series takes the reader to the dark heart of Tudor England with gripping realism, sensational storylines and a host of unforgettable characters. As he brings the sights and sounds of Tudor times to life, Sansom provides a masterclass in suspense.

I've always enjoyed Tudor period fiction, but I can't say enough about these books. I finished the seventh novel with dread, wishing that I could know there was another book in the works...

He stopped with a book covering Edward as king, following Henry's death. He has the reign of Mary and finally Elizabeth — and that's a long reign, indeed!

Meanwhile, Marilyn and I have been listening to his novel Dominion using the Audible App.

Dominion is a 2012 alternate history novel by British author C. J. Sansom. It is a political thriller set in the early 1950s against the backdrop of a Britain that has become a satellite state of Nazi Germany. The point of divergence from actual history is that Lord Halifax, rather than Winston Churchill, succeeded Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister in May 1940.

We're around half way through and loving this novel. He's an amazing writer.

I keep hoping Christopher (Christopher John - C J) will write another book in the Shardlake series. I have no idea how long it takes him to complete one of these novels. Plus he's been fighting cancer, and try as I might I can't find any information about his current health. Also, I think he's a little sick of constantly writing about Matthew, to be honest...

More about other books I read as they pop up!