A dark, gothic terror of a story set in the hinterland of the Lancashire coast between the Wyre and the Lune. Atmospheric and brooding; draw the curtains, light the fire and have a stiff whisky to hand.
SPQR by Mary Beard
Mary Beard has the ability to bring history alive, not only on TV but also with her writing. This is a great, enjoyable read covering a thousand years of Roman history in just over 500 pages.
The Pie at Night by Stuart Maconie
Stuart Maconie serves up another slice of Northern life in his inimitable, witty and sharply observed style.
Make Me by Lee Child
Jack Reacher is back on form again after a mildly disappointing foray across the Atlantic to Paris and London. Although the subject matter for Jack's concerns might initially not grab the reader, the pace and plot is up to the usual 'Reacher' standard.
The Dymond Guide to Cumbria and the Lake District by Christian Dymond
The only definitive guide to the Lake District, providing information on accommodation, shops and food and drink, along with plenty of photos from the area.