A new reader, a new review.


Visitors on the shore at Sandsend, Whitby. Ring Plovers?

And then, also today, a new reader!

C. Kirby (England) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Tom Fleck (Paperback)
I found Tom Fleck to be a very intriguing story and unlike anything I’ve read before. What a history lesson it would be for those who’d like to know just what it was like to be alive then!

Getting to know Tom Fleck was an interesting, surprising and absorbing journey. I discovered what it was like to live in the 1500s. The story brings to life the tastes, smells, joys, sorrows and hardships of the ordinary people as well as the nobles. The beliefs and prejudices, the food and deprivations, the work they did and the soldier’s lives in and out of battle were clearly recreated. I found the conclusion surprising and very satisfying too.

That far back in history has always seemed to me so unreal that I could almost think they were aliens, by today’s ways of living. Tom Fleck’s story made me feel I was there walking in the same ‘shoes’ as the characters. Harry Nicholson, the author, has also done an amazing job of describing the bird and plant life, the remedies and so much else that has created the world of Tom Fleck. I really enjoyed it. I don’t know how the author has managed to discover so many clever details and used them so magically.

For anyone looking for a story that is intriguing, informative and with a wonderful atmosphere that lingers after reading it I recommend this book very highly.

About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' Recently I published a memoir of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days'. I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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4 Responses to A new reader, a new review.

  1. A well deserved review, Harry. Tom Fleck is a magical story. I loved every word of it. 🙂

    • Thanks, Paul.
      But thinking a bit more about plovers, it occurs to me now that when I found the eggs of ring plovers on the Durham shore, it was only a year after the beach had been cleared of mines and become open to the public. It will have been a bird paradise for several years – without a footprint.

  2. Ina says:

    Hi Harry,
    Wow, that is a good review, congratulations 🙂

    I never saw the bird on the pic I think, I googled it up. They are indeed Ring Plovers (Pull overs? lol) it says! (We call the bird Bontvlekplevier) They are rare, so you caught a good eye catch.

    • In the days when I had bare knees I would sometimes find the eggs of the ring plover on the shore – they were camouflaged as stones. They have gone from that place now – too many human feet and dogs.

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