Shrewsbury

Lovely weekend in Shrewsbury, staying in the charmingly slightly shambolic Lion Hotel. Then again they were under a lot of strain with Christmas parties – particularly the Friday night when some character called Luke, dressed like Austin Powers, kept staggering around shedding vomit and electronic gadgets with alarming regularity. He had to be ejected from the place several times.

Lovely place though, with a pleasantly seasonal Dickensian vibe, and a very good place to just unwind and have a quiet read in the lounge – in this case, the slightly over-hyped Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall. It really is worth the hype, though. Marvellous, clever, thoughtful, rollicking roller-coaster of a story. Jorge Luis Borges meets John Buchan.

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