Recent Reads

Some more books I’ve read and enjoyed recently….

We Bought a Zoo. Benjamin Mee

The full title of the book pretty much describes the main plot line of the book The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever but that’s certainly an excuse that can be used to avoid reading this book. It’s great.

The story revolves around Benjamin Mee and his families bid to turnaround the struggling Dartmoor Wildlife Park (now the Dartmoor Zoological Park) in Devon despite knowing practically nothing about running a zoo or caring for the exotic animals inside.

I watched Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson in the 2011 film of the same name but thankfully it didn’t spoil the book at all, Hollywood has very much had their way with the story.


Mafia State. Luke Harding

Luke Harding’s memoirs of his time as the Guardian’s Moscow make for a pretty mind blowing insight into the inner workings of the Russian Federation and how, even long after the end of the KGB, the FSB continues to harass foreign journalists and stifle free speech. Though as we’ve seen recently with our governments (US and UK) they can’t be trusted too much either.


Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain. Christian Wolmar

I’ve always had a real passion for Britain’s railways, something I probably inherited from my Dad, but this book certainly isn’t just for train anoraks. It’s a fascinating look at the history of the railways and how they shaped our nation. From the early days of Stephenson’s Rocket and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway to British Rail and their state today this book pretty much covers it all. It’s by no means short but will leave you far from bored.


Killing Floor. Lee Child

I decided to read the first Jack Reacher book after reading about the recent film release staring Tom Cruise (I haven’t got around to seeing the film yet). A stranger in a sleepy Georgia town, Jack Reacher find’s himself accused of his own brother’s murder and a fast paced action thriller ensues. Despite some of the comments on Goodreads  (link below) I found it to be pretty exciting and an easy read.