Inspiring Older Readers
A surfeit of bile posted on 15 Oct 2019
From Ancient Greece to Europe in the mid-Eighteenth Century, medicine and philosophy was dominated by the theory of ‘humours’.
Why we still love old Penguin books posted on 03 Oct 2019
Guest writer, Alun Severn has been thinking about just how happy Penguin books make him feel.
Growing Up In A House Without Books posted on 07 Sep 2019
A summary of research published by the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010 ...
Rereading Gulag literature posted on 26 Aug 2019
Guest writer, Alun Severn considers the literature that documents the era of Stalin's monstrous gulag prison camps
The Power of Poetry posted on 18 Aug 2019
Guest author, comedy performance poet, author and entertainer, Neal Zetter shares his thoughts on the power of poetry
Reading Chernobyl posted on 05 Aug 2019
Guest writer, Alun Severn reads two very different accounts of one of the most terrifying events of the late 20th century - the Chernobyl nuclear disaster
Me, My Books and Walter Benjamin posted on 30 Jul 2019
We’ve been living in our current house for over a decade and I can feel that the itch to move on to something new and different is growing stronger...
Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship posted on 17 Jul 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn considers the pleasures and pitfalls of literary memoir with a specific focus on Alan Taylor's portrait of Muriel Spark
The Sunne Rising posted on 01 Jul 2019
I can remember all too clearly the sense of gloom I experienced at the age of 17 when I saw the reading list for the ‘A’ level English Literature syllabus
Just too many books? posted on 16 Jun 2019
This year's Hay book festival has come to an end and, for the first time in two or three years I didn't go to see anyone ....