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15 January

Book of the day

(Dark Iceland: book 4)
Ragnar Jónasson
(UK: Orenda, 2017; USA: Orenda, Kindle, 2016)

1955. Two young couples move to the uninhabited, isolated fjord of Hedinsfjörður. Their stay ends abruptly when one of the women meets her death in mysterious circumstances. The case is never solved. Fifty years later an old photograph comes to light, and it becomes clear that the couples may not have been alone on the fjord after all …

In nearby Siglufjörður, young policeman Ari Thór tries to piece together what really happened that fateful night, in a town where no one wants to know, where secrets are a way of life. He’s assisted by Ísrún, a news reporter in Reykjavik who is investigating an increasingly chilling case of her own. Things take a sinsister turn when a child goes missing in broad daylight. With a stalker on the loose, and the town of Siglufjörður in quarantine, the past might just come back to haunt them.

Available in the UK via ‘My Local Bookshop‘ search engine, or via Amazon (Rupture)
Available in the USA via Amazon in Kindle format (Rupture)

bookshop-coverFacts of the day

15 January

1535 Henry VII declares himself head of the Church in England.

New Year

Noisemaking and fireworks on New Year’s eve is believed to have originated in ancient times, when noise and fire were thought to dispel evil spirits and bring good luck. The Chinese are credited with inventing fireworks and use them to spectacular effect in their New Year’s celebrations.


Virgina Woolf wrote all her books whilst standing up.

Writers birthdays

1622 Molière (France)
1747 John Aikin (UK)
1791 Franz Gillparzer (Austria)
1795 Alexander Griboyedov (Russia)
1798 Thomas Crofton Croker (Ireland)
1803 Marjorie Fleming (UK)
1812 Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (Norway)
1826 Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (Russia)
1850 Mihai Eminescu (Romania)
1869 Stanisław Wyspiański (Poland)
1872 Arsen Kotsoyev (Russia)
1879 Mazo de la Roche (Canada)
1885 Huang Yuanyong (China)
1891 Osip Mandelstam (Poland)
1897 Xu Zhimo (China)
1923 Ivor Cutler (UK)
1933 Ernest J Gaines (USA)
1935 Robert Silverberg (USA)
1954 Jose Dalisay, Jr (Philippines)

Jokes of the day

Q: ‘What do you do for exercise?’
A: ‘I lift weights.’
Q: ‘What do you do for cardio?’
A: ‘I lift weights faster.’

Cartoon: Various, Cartoons on gymnasiums, CartoonStock

Quote of the day

Ludwig Wittgenstein: ‘The human body is the best picture of the human soul.’