Inspiring Older Readers
Some sort of epic grandeur: Andrew Turnbull’s life of Scott Fitzgerald posted on 22 Jun 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn reads a biography of an author who briefly shone like a diamond before crashing to a sad end.
Comrade Heart: A life of Randall Swingler posted on 20 Jun 2019
Anyone who has an interest in radical Left literature will almost certainly know the name and writings of the critic, poet, broadcaster and novelist...
The Bookman’s Promise posted on 16 Jun 2019
Published in 2004, this is the third instalment in the Cliff Janeway series of novels...
No Pasaran! They Shall Not Pass: A Story of the Battle of Madrid posted on 12 Jun 2019
Probably now best known for The Jungle, his exposé of the dreadful working conditions in the Chicago slaughterhouses, Upton was an unapologetic Socialist
Country Girl posted on 02 Jun 2019
O’Brien had resolved never to write an autobiography but at the age of 78 she relented ...
War Doctor posted on 31 May 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn, adds 'War Doctor' by David Nott to his now impressive list of reviews featuring 'the new school of surgeon-writers'.
The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World posted on 29 May 2019
William Egginton sets out his stall in the very first sentences of his introduction...
Blindness posted on 26 May 2019
I like what Sebastian Faulks wrote about Henry Green in 2005 ...
Machines Like Me posted on 22 May 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn struggles to develop an emotional engagement with Ian McEwan's latest novel exploring the advent of Artificial Intelligence
The Swimming Pool Library posted on 20 May 2019
Alan Hollinghurst’s first novel, published in 1988, caused quite a stir on its release because of its bold and graphic descriptions of gay sex ..