Inspiring Older Readers
The Time Machine posted on 09 Jun 2021
The popular perception of Wells’ first attempt at science fiction – or more properly, speculative fiction – is that it is primarily an adventure story...
Mapplethorpe: A Biography posted on 06 Jun 2021
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn rereads biographer Patricia Morrisroe's portrait of controversial photographer and gay New York icon, Robert Mapplethorpe
Travels With My Aunt posted on 03 Jun 2021
I’m not sure when it happened but after a scintillating career as one of the great character actors of the late 20th century....
A State of Chassis posted on 27 May 2021
There are plenty of ‘campus’ novels that focus on the intrigues and many absurdities of academic life at a university....
The Pledge posted on 24 May 2021
This is probably the Swiss novelist’s most famous novel ...
Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How skiffle changed the world posted on 21 May 2021
Singer-songwriter Bragg proves himself to be the perfect chronicler of that short-lived musical outburst we’ve come to know as ‘skiffle’.
Klara and the Sun posted on 12 May 2021
The publication of Ishiguro’s eighth novel seems, if the critical reception is to be believed, to seal his status as one of the world’s premier writers
Burning the Books: A history of knowledge under attack posted on 10 May 2021
This sterling defence of libraries and archives and the need to defend these reservoirs of human ‘knowledge’ comes from the head honcho of The Bodleian
Among the Gently Mad: strategies and perspectives for the book hunter in the twenty-first century posted on 08 May 2021
U.S. author, Basbanes is bibliophilic aristocracy and he can boast an impressive back catalogue of publications.......
The Inimitable Jeeves posted on 05 May 2021
Choose to read a Wodehouse and you know exactly what you’re going to get – a carefully created comic world ....