Instead of writing reviews I’m simply downloading more books on my e-reader – I can barely keep up reading them, let alone review them. There are some books that you’ve got to have in tangible hard form though and one of these is a little treasure I came across: The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. If you’re going on holiday in England (or anywhere in northern Europe for that matter) just stick this in your suitcase. I thought I knew all about clouds simply because of the word ‘cumulus’, but forget it: there are cumulonimbus clouds (thunderstorm clouds for you and me), altocumulus (or cloudlets, the little ones) and there’s the nimbostratus (these will provide you with that depressing non-stop rain), amongst others.
I’m going to keep this little manual handy – it’s great fun to browse through when your mind is just too filled with work and you haven’t quite made the change-over to being able to lose yourself in a novel, mystery or thriller. You can stare out of your (workroom) window and ponder cloud mysteries and intricacies just to relax.