The Borley Rectory Incident by Terrance Dicks

I bought this book at the last library book sale because it’s written by an author who is better known for his Doctor Who books, I just wanted to know what other sorts of things he is writing. If you don’t know the background of Borley Rectory you can read about it here.

It was a very quick read indeed, I think it’s aimed at kids of about 8 or 10 years of age, so I’m going to be passing it on to my great-nephews who I think will enjoy it.

As it says in the blurb at the back, Borley Rectory used to be known as the most haunted house in England, until it burned down in 1939. I believe you can still go and see the remains of it.

Matt’s parents split up when he was still in nappies and he didn’t see much of his father over the years but when Matt’s mother died when he was only 12 and then 3 years of being brought up by an aunt, his father Professor Stirling had to do the decent thing at last and take responsibilty for his son. The professor is doing research in the paranormal and has taken his son on as an assistant.

They’re investigating the mysterious deaths of at least 12 important people in the last 6 months – senior politicians, top civil servants, scientists and the like. Meanwhile Matt is having strange nightmares and it turns out that they are all about Borley Rectory.

Seeing as Terrance Dicks is known for writing science fiction it should have come as no surprise to me that it turned out to be aliens at the bottom of it all.

So no spooks, which is a bit sad really but apparently most of the spooky goings on at the real Borley Rectory had been manufactured by a young naughty girl and also a very naughty wife who used the ghostly tales to cover up the fact that she was having an affair.

Such is life! Does anybody have any real spooky experiences?

Library book sale

You know what it’s like when you look forward to something for ages, you can almost guarantee that you’re going to be disappointed. Well that’s how I felt when I got to the library sale at the Adam Smith Theatre last Saturday.

Mind you after having perused my haul again – I’ve got a bit of a cheek not being happy with it, it’s just that I didn’t get anything which I had really been looking for.

So this is my haul:

The Borley Rectory Incident by Terrance Dicks
Morning Tide by Neil M Gunn
Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer
The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
The Nonsuch by Georgette Heyer
Arabella by Georgette Heyer
Middlemere by Judith Lennox
Flambards by K M Peyton
Right Royal Friend by Nigel Tranter
Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

I must admit that I prefer Heyer’s detective stories to her romances but I’ll get around to these ones sometime.

Nigel Tranter is a Scottish writer who writes good historical fiction.

I can hardly believe that I’ve not read To the Lighthouse yet.

I enjoyed Updike’s Rabbit series so I thought I’d give this one a go although it seems to be very different being about the king and queen of Denmark before the action of Shakespeare’s Hamlet begins.

Neil Gunn is another Scottish author of the 1930s.

I had meant to borrow something by Judith Lennox for a while now but hadn’t got around to it.

Flambards was a bit of pure serendipity because I had seen the book somewhere on the internet just a few days before and I hadn’t even realised till then that it was a book. I really enjoyed the series of that name when it was on the TV years ago. This was in the childrens section and I left it until late on before picking it up in case a kiddywink should want it – but it was left there looking forlorn so I didn’t feel that I was depriving anyone of it.

The Borley Rectory Incident is another junior library book and it’s written by the chap who wrote a lot of the Doctor Who books. Gordon went through a phase of wanting those books as bedtime stories and I just want to know what this one is like compared with them.

Now that I look at them all carefully I don’t know what I was moaning about at the beginning of this post, I’m quite pleased with my haul. Now I just need the time to read them all.