This month's issue is very late, but posted in honour of World Book Night, which is tonight.
The books I'm reading all have a historical theme this month. My eldest two have suddenly developed a thirst for history, local history in particular so that's why we have Martlesham: The Good and The Bad Old Days and Martlesham Heath.
Whilst discussing Martlesham Creek and smugglers on twitter it was recommended that I read about Margaret Catchpole so I have A Picture History of Margaret Cobbold and also Scapegallows, which is a brilliant book by Carol Birch. Scapegallows had me hooked from page one.
Margaret Catchpole is a local legend in Suffolk. Born in 1762 she is a fascinating character. Wikipedia names her as a 'British adventuress, chronicler and criminal'. She was convicted of stealing a horse and she later escaped from Ipswich jail. Once re-captured she was transported to Australia where she lived for the rest of her life.
Eastern Angles are putting on a production based upon Margaret's life in June and I really hope to be able to see it.
I've always been fascinated by the Titanic and after the recent 100 anniversary it has reignited my interest so I have reserved a huge pile of related books at the library. The first I have is And The Band Played On, the story of Jock Hume, the Titanic's violinist, and the fiancee and unborn child he left behind.
Quite when I'll find the time to read all these is another story!
This post was inspired by @muddleduck and her What Are You Reading? linkup