A log of some books I've actually made it to the end of.


The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Rob Mundle - (2019) - HarperCollins

Started strong with a fascinating story of some sailors who got together for an ocean cruise, and how that morphed into the great race that we have today. Thence it extracts the essence of the drama from year on year. Does well for a time, but somewhere along the way the weather turns and it becomes a tortuous upwind slog; just grinding out the catalogue of line honours and handicap winners. My advice to readers: turn up for a colourful start, but dock at Bega, or wherever the going gets tough, and abandon it there.

D-day. Through German Eyes - Holger Eckhertz - (2015) - Amazon

Excellent. By focusing on their personal experience of D-Day we get rare insights into exactly what was like to be a soldier in combat and, most interestingly, attitudes, points-of-view, and even the people around them. Like the workmen from the East, and what happened to the Russians, the gamble of allegiance the French had to make, the 'Fortress Europe' justification, the shock at how determined the Allied soldiers were to kill them, the great imbalance of available resources and more. Personal experiences recorded within 10 years of the events (~1955) but not released until recently.

Riddle of the sands - Erskine Childers - (1903) - Wikipedia

Meh. It held my interest. I was intrigued by how one can write a whole book from what is effectively a bit of floating around some sandy shallows in a small boat. I can understand how it became popular as a boys own adventure story, as that is what it is. I'm into sailing so that captured me. The narrative was odd and irritating at first, but I came to rather like it by the end. So very Proper. I was surprised that war between Germany/Britain was being forecast ten years before it happened.

Stranger No More - Annahita Parsan/Graig Borlase - (2017) - Amazon

Harrowing autobiography of an Iranian mother and her escape from domestic abuse and Iran in the late 1980s.