Book of the day
Anna Fekete returns to the Balkan village of her birth for a relaxing summer holiday. But when her purse is stolen and the thief is found dead on the banks of the river, Anna is pulled into a murder case. Her investigation leads straight to her own family, to closely guarded secrets concealing a horrendous travesty of justice that threatens them all.
As layer after layer of corruption, deceit and guilt are revealed, Anna is caught up in the refugee crisis spreading like wildfire across Europe. How long will it take before everything explodes?
Facts of the day
1804 Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of France at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.
Pope Julius I, bishop of Rome, decreed in AD 350 that 25 December was the official celebration date for the birthday of Christ.
The most people balancing books on their heads at the same place and time is 998. This event was organized by Danielle Di-Masi in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 13 November 2012
1868 Francis Jammes (France)
1897 Rewi Alley (New Zealand)
1910 Russell Lynes (USA)
1944 Botho Strauß (Germany)
1948 T Coraghessan Boyle (USA)
1948 Elizabeth Berg (USA)
1958 George Saunders (USA)
1963 Ann Patchett (USA)
Jokes of the day
The librarian didn’t know what to do with the bookabout Tesla’s love of electricity, so he filed it under ‘Current Affairs.’
Cartoon: John Atkinson, ‘Updated Editions‘, Wrong Hands
Quote of the day
P J O’Rourke: ‘Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.’