Now my mum’s parents gran and granddad Sadler had me and us on holiday a lot when growing up ,my parents divorced at a young age so for time we spent a lot of time with them.They lived in Cheshire  in Timperley and then in Rhyl which is in North Wales and is a fading seaside resort which at the time they was just about getting by .a visit for a holiday would lead to me looking through her books and picking a book to read her two great loves where Naigo Marsh and Agatha Christie so I spent my summer holiday reading the 50 and 60’s paperbacks with their wonderfully macabre covers .



so these summers were spent with Marple ,Poirot ,tommy and tuppence and inspector Alleyn .SOME of my happiest memories are sat reading with a flat lemonade in there lean-to conservatory with the smell of my Granada’s tomato plants wafting in the air .

This lead to my reading  of Ian Rankin Rebus in my twenties ,which for me was my fallow years of reading as I like to go out every weekend with my friends and drink the Deuchars IPA or which ever real ale my local ale houses had on offer .What appealed to me mainly with rebus was Rebus himself ,I identified with this guy he like similar music to me ,like to drink real ale and smoke which at that time where all vices I had ,so as I read little in my twenties Rebus drew me back to books again and to the last  for this time Nordic crime fiction .

well I ve start this last year or two again with some crime novels ,before I blogged I read first part of Steig Larsson which I intend to read all of at some point ,also Jo Nesbo and Roslund and Hellstrom which I reviewed yesterday ,This sits well with my passion for translation and old love of crime fiction .


14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. chasing bawa
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 11:34:37

    My grandparents didn’t influence my reading at all, but my parents did. However I did discover my first Christie mystery at one of my grandparents’ house although I don’t know who it belonged to. That sparked my Christie obsession.


    • winstonsdad
      Oct 26, 2010 @ 11:44:38

      My dad reads a lot but mainly thrillers and westerns but he reads a lot maybe 150 books a year but my taste very different more influenced by grandparents ,all the best stu


  2. amymckie
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 12:33:30

    My mother’s parents, my Oma and Opa, both read a lot of crime fiction and romance books. They certainly helped foster a love of reading in me, but I never did get on to those genres – perhaps because we didn’t spend as much time with them as they lived across the country. My father’s mom, my Grammy, read her bible and a lot of Christian fiction, and my grampy didn’t read at all really. Both of my parents also read a lot – my father science, politics and history, my mother a bit of everything. I got the love of reading, and still read a bit of everything as growing up I would read whatever I could find in the house!


  3. parrish
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 13:08:53

    My grandparents hated the fact that I loved to read, it wasn’t what boys were supposed to do. But reading & breathing was the same thing to me . The funny thing was tho they had a fantastic collection of classic lit which I devoured.
    Ps. Rebut was cool wasn’t he’ such taste


  4. Heather
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 15:43:09

    I can hardly recall my gandparents ever reading a novel. My one grandfather read the stats for the horse races. Just in the last year I have seen my remaining grandmother reading. She;s in a retirement home now and one of the cousin;s has started bringing her books. Wow. It’s never too late. My mom used to read a lot of romance novels, so I guess I picked that up for her. Those are my fall back book when I need to give my spirit a lift. My dad reads just about anything he can get his hands on. That’s more like me. We never had a shortage of books in the house when I was growing up.
    One thing hubby and I agree on, when we talked household finances, we agreed to no limit on book purchases. I think he might be regretting that now, the house is littered with wonderful books.


  5. Violet
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 14:01:42

    Mmm. I can smell those tomato plants you mentioned. My grandfather lived with us until he died and was a fabulous gardener. He grew all our vegetables, and we literally never bought any, but always had plenty to give away to neighbours. My father was a big reader and that’s where I got my love of books and reading. I never read children’s books, but picked up whatever he’d just finished, which is why my childhood reading was so wildly inappropriate! My mother never read anything at all, and thought it was a big waste of time, so I was always getting into trouble for “lying around doing nothing”. It’s lovely that you have such fond memories of your summer holidays.


    • winstonsdad
      Oct 28, 2010 @ 10:33:11

      yes it is a smell that makes me think of my grandfather ,we always took home tomatoes moneymakers were his favourites to grow ,I loved my summers as a child ,all the best stu


  6. Nymeth
    Oct 27, 2010 @ 16:57:31

    I love those older covers – and I love that you shared your reading history with us. Sadly I never got to know any of my grandparents very well. One of my grandmothers passed away before I was born; the other when I was only four. My only surviving grandfather only passed away some 5 years ago, but as we didn’t live in the same city I only saw him sporadically. I couldn’t tell you what any of them liked to read, which makes me quite sad.


  7. Valerie
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 18:41:09

    Hello Stu — have been busy and now getting around to my favorite blogs — late here on this — but quite a few of my Agatha Christie paperbacks are old covers — when I was collecting them all back in the early 80s, I got a few of them used, and so some of them are actually from the 60s or 70s. Now the ones I bought new back then are “antique” covers I guess!

    We lived several hours away from all sets of my grandparents (my dad’s parents were divorced and remarried, so I had three sets), so I never saw them read. When we visited, time was spent visiting, you know? Anyway, I do know that my maternal grandparents were not readers — they had no books in their house. My paternal grandmother, however, had a lot of books that I’d browse through while we visited. She had a lot of art and history books, the type I learned to appreciate and still do to this day.


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