And the last laugh goes to…

It isn’t often, dear reader, that you will find breaking news on this blog. Tonight is an exception. Congratulations to the delightful L C Tyler, who’s just been awarded the Last Laugh award at the Crimefest Gala Dinner for The Herring in the Library (published by Macmillan).

I haven’t yet read it, but clearly it must be every bit as good as The Herring-Seller’s Apprentice, which I have read, and which was very good indeed.

Words and pictures

Huge thanks to Hasan Niyazi over at the Three Pipe Problem, who’s created this lovely graphic showing the different book titles:

Illustrations of all book covers together

Thanks also to Juliette Harrison, who’s just posted my recent chat with Hasan over at her PopClassics blog. If you haven’t seen either of these before, Juliette’s is a lively review of the use of classics in popular culture, and Hasan’s is simply the most beautiful blog I’ve ever seen. Now is a good time to visit them both!

A walk back in time

As we made our way to the top of the Great Hangman yesterday with only a few grazing ponies and a stiff breeze for company, it felt as though we were passing through a landscape that hadn’t changed for thousands of years.

There isn’t a great deal of Roman archaeology in North Devon: the invaders and the Dumnonii seem to have successfully ignored each other for much of the occupation. Which is why, seeing a horse’s skull resting on the top of the summit cairn, it was almost possible to believe the tribespeople were still hidden down in the valleys, living in their roundhouses, tending their sheep and minding their own business.

View of horse's skull on hilltop mound of stones