Inspiring Older Readers
The Testaments posted on 18 Oct 2019
If you’re interested in books and reading you can’t have missed the huge promotional blitz that has surrounded the release of The Testaments....
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead posted on 12 Oct 2019
For a boy raised on television drama, an encounter with an absurdist comedy was as bewildering and alien as it’s possible to get ...
A Child of the Jago posted on 05 Oct 2019
First published in 1896, A Child of the Jago is arguably the most significant novel from a school of writing that’s often referred to as ‘slum literature’.
The Sign of the Book posted on 01 Oct 2019
Back in June 2019, I reviewed Dunning’s third instalment of his biblio-detective series featuring the ex-policeman turned book dealer, Cliff Janeway.
The Making of Poetry posted on 27 Sep 2019
Literary biography and literary criticism can often be a difficult read if you’re not an avid student of those genres...
When I Grow Up posted on 24 Sep 2019
Sometimes a memoir of this kind can tell you more about the writer in the way it’s told rather than in the contents.
Critical Essays posted on 22 Sep 2019
It’s not a revolutionary statement to say that the very best of Orwell’s writing is to be found not in his novels but his essays...
Another view on Albert Camus’ The Plague posted on 19 Sep 2019
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn brings out some important additional ways of reading Camus' masterpiece.
Night Boat To Tangier posted on 16 Sep 2019
The setting for Kevin Barry’s extraordinary new novel – tough, lyrical, referential and intense – is the Spanish ferry port of Algeciras...
Black & White: A portrait of Aubrey Beardsley posted on 13 Sep 2019
I last read this rather beautifully produced little essay back when I was just 19 ...