Inspiring Older Readers
Who? posted on 02 Apr 2021
Born in 1931 in what was then East Prussia, Budrys’ father was the Consul General of Lithuania ...
Rereading Joan Didion’s The White Album posted on 31 Mar 2021
Guest writer, Alun Severn rereads Joan Didion's 1979 collection of essays and finds that "the intellectual glamour of Joan Didion has proved imperishable".
The House of Dr Dee posted on 24 Mar 2021
Dr. John Dee was one of the most fascinating characters of the Elizabethan period.
Rereading Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records posted on 21 Mar 2021
Guest writer, Alun Severn revisits Amanda Petrusich's exploration of the urge to collect the 78 record
Hide My Eyes posted on 18 Mar 2021
This is the first Allingham I’ve read and I have to admit that I expected that I would be reading something that was from the same stable ...
Edna, the Inebriate Woman posted on 15 Mar 2021
When screen writer Jeremy Sandford’s 1966 Play for Today, Cathy Come Home exploded onto the scene in 1966 it marked a key moment ...
Ritual posted on 11 Mar 2021
It’s interesting just how often cult movies and cult novels are symbiotically linked together.
Penguin Special: The Life and Times of Allen Lane posted on 08 Mar 2021
Although this biography badges itself as ‘the life and times’ of publisher Allen Lane, it’s a claim that’s actually a bit misleading.
Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-maker and Apprentice to a Butcher in Tuscany posted on 04 Mar 2021
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn reads Bill Buford's mix of food culture and Gonzo restaurateurs and finds the whole confection good - in parts.
A Modest Proposal posted on 01 Mar 2021
For the vast majority of my working life I have been involved in projects that have been all about challenging poverty