Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Linda’s Book Bag is eight. Strictly speaking the blog is eight years and two days old but there has been quite a bit going on of late and I completely forgot about it!

I also forgot something else. When I was doing my round up of my favourite reads of 2022 (see here) I completely failed to include Andrew Taylor’s The Ashes of London (read as part of my U3A book group and reviewed here). In order to be a book of the year a book has to score 95+/100 for me and The Ashes of London did, but I missed it on my spreadsheet.

I do have an excuse. At the time I was trying to sort out Mum’s hacked BT account where she’d been scammed into entering her user name and password via a convincing but bogus email, after which she was locked out because the scammers changed the mobile number and added a new Hotmail address in her name as recovery means, setting up a rule that forwarded all her BT emails to them and deleting them permanently from her own genuine BT account. Given that she was awaiting hospital appointments this was somewhat inconvenient and took many hours to sort out.

In addition, Mum was very poorly with her COPD and the nasty chest infection everyone had and then on the Friday before Christmas she tested positive for Covid. Cutting a very long story short (I know you’ve already received more detail than you need or want) I simply missed off Andrew Taylor’s fantastic book as my mind was elsewhere.

As a result, I’d like to offer a paperback copy of The Ashes of London to a UK blog reader, partly to celebrate blogging for eight years, partly as an apology to Andrew, but mostly because it’s a fantastic read.


A Paperback Copy of The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

London, 1666. As the Great Fire consumes everything in its path, the body of a man is found in the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral – stabbed in the neck, thumbs tied behind his back.

The son of a traitor, James Marwood is forced to hunt the killer through the city’s devastated streets. There he encounters a determined young woman, who will stop at nothing to secure her freedom.

When a second murder victim is discovered in the Fleet Ditch, Marwood is drawn into the political and religious intrigue of Westminster – and across the path of a killer with nothing to lose…


If you live in the UK and would like to enter please click here. I’ll need a UK postal address but won’t retain it once the book is sent.

Entries close at UK midnight on Sunday 12th February. Good luck!

36 thoughts on “Blog Anniversary Giveaway

  1. Congratulations Linda! Eight years is amazing even more so when you have so much going on with your mum. Here’s to many more fabulous books to read and recommend. 💜📚

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anonymous says:

    Happy blogiversary! I enjoyed this book too 🙂

    I really hope your mum is getting the help she needs and you’re not too exhausted (both of you) with having to shuttle from one appointment to the next.

    And down with evil scammers! xx

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.