Naming Jack the Ripper by Russell Edwards

Brian Naming Jack the RipperAfter 125 years of theorizing and speculation over the identity of Jack the Ripper, Russell Edwards is in the unique position of owning the first physical evidence relating to the crimes to have emerged since 1888 – a shawl belonging to one of the “Rippers” victims, Catherine Eddowes. This evidence is from one of the crime scenes, and has now been rigorously examined by some of the most highly-qualified forensic scientists in Europe who have ascertained its true provenance. With the help of modern forensic techniques, Edward’s ground-breaking discoveries provide conclusive answers to many of the most challenging mysteries surrounding the case.

Unfortunately however, Russell Edwards is an “over-sharer” Continue reading


The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson

Brian - Road to Little DribblingThe Road to Little Dribbling is Bill Bryson’s first travel book for fifteen years – a brand new journey around Britain. His last three major works were largely social histories – One Summer: America 1927, At Home: A Short History of Private Life and A Short History of Nearly Everything.

If you’re a Bill Bryson addict, The Road to Little Dribbling is a must read. If you’re looking to read you first Bill Bryson, I’d probably go with something different, either The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island or Down Under (his Australian book). Continue reading