Inspiring Older Readers
Booked To Die posted on 15 Feb 2019
In my experience as a reader, putting together a convincing detective yarn that incorporates books and bibliophiles is not an easy task...
A Confederacy of Dunces posted on 13 Feb 2019
This is one of those novels that was destined to have a cult following...
Somewhere Towards the End posted on 08 Feb 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn marks the passing of Diana Athill, one of the greats of British publishing in the 20th century.
Revolutionary Road posted on 05 Feb 2019
Revolutionary Road, published in 1961, was Yates’ first novel and for the best part of forty years it all but vanished
Stuff posted on 31 Jan 2019
Those of you familiar with the anarchic spirit of cartoonist Martin Rowson’s spectacularly vicious political satire won’t be in the least surprised...
Sabbath’s Theater posted on 28 Jan 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn continues his reading of Philip Roth and discovers that even the greatest names in literature can have a bad day in the office.
Homintern : How gay culture liberated the modern world posted on 25 Jan 2019
I seem to be using the phrase ‘an interesting book that ultimately fails to deliver quite what it promised’ a lot recently.
In Sunlight or in Shadow : Stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper posted on 21 Jan 2019
Intriguingly enough, right at the start of this anthology, editor Lawrence Block tells us...
The Secret Agent posted on 18 Jan 2019
In 1894 a bomb exploded in Greenwich Park, killing (accidentally) the person carrying it.
The Old Man and the Sea posted on 16 Jan 2019
Hemingway’s short novella – just about 120 pages – is often thought to have been the book that re-established his reputation.