Inspiring Older Readers
In Praise of Shadows posted on 23 Dec 2018
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn reviews a meditative masterpiece of classic Japanese literature
Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know: The fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce posted on 19 Dec 2018
Toibin’s book has its origins in a series of lectures he delivered in the USA ...
The Enigma of Arrival posted on 13 Dec 2018
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn, returns to the work of V.S. Naipaul and ponders the proposition that 'great subjects are illuminated best by small dramas’
After Magritte posted on 11 Dec 2018
This is a play I’m very fond of ever since I first saw it produced by the drama department when I was at Bangor University
The Shipping News posted on 09 Dec 2018
Rereading books you especially loved the first time around can be a tense experience ...
Great Jones Street posted on 06 Dec 2018
I came to this novel in a round-about way; I saw it listed on a ‘ten-best novels about rock music’ list ...
With Borges posted on 30 Nov 2018
Born in Argentina but now living in Canada, Alberto Manguel has always been upfront about the debt he owes to Jorge Luis Borges
Breaking Down The Walls of Heartache: how music came out posted on 28 Nov 2018
If you set yourself the task of writing a history of how LGBT musicians influenced the popular music you’ve got some tough decisions to make.
Southern Mail posted on 26 Nov 2018
Saint-Exupery’s first novel might well be short, barely above the length of a novella, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for an easy read.
A Bend in the River posted on 22 Nov 2018
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn puts aside V.S. Naipaul's later, rather tarnished reputation and finds that this 1979 novel is something to be admired.