Wednesday, 1 September 2004


While I think on, some of the books I tasked myself with reading recently.

The book I read whilst on holiday was excellent - all about the white slaves taken by the Barbary corsairs off the coast of Morocco. It was called White Gold, and was ostensibly about a guy called Thomas Pellow, although realistically it just made heavy use of this chap's account to describe the whole situation. Very compelling. The Corsairs even led raiding parties to Devon, Cornwall and even the USA to gather slaves. The empire Moulay Ismail ruled sounds fascinating - I'd love to read Pellow's original account at some point.

So, I finished this just after I got back from Cornwall. Book Two was actually the same sort of theme, called Life among the Pirates - very interesting stuff. This had been sitting on the shelf for a while - I picked it up as part of a 3 for 2 offer at Waterstones - so I'd resolved to read it too whilst on holiday. Did manage to read it, last week.

Book Three was going to be Bill Clinton's Autobiography. However, whilst in Salisbury at the weekend we went into one of those cheap book shops and, as well as picking up a load of stuff for Alice (Scooby Doo colouring books, The Wind in the Willows etc.) at knock-down prices, I also picked up a lovely, leather-bound copy of The Count of Monte Cristo for just £2. I picked it up (all 850 pages) and it really is a classic. Very difficult to put down. Sorry Bill, you'll just have to wait!

Book Four for the holiday was an FT book about Investments. I work quite closely with the technical side in this area, so it's both useful and interesting to know some of the business side too. I've actually had this book six months or so, and pick it up from time to time, but it would be good to actually finish it although I was surprised at how much I already knew.

So there we have it. Being a bit of a bookworm at the moment!

Life at home has calmed down since Monday's debacle, so all is once again well with the world.

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