Inspiring Older Readers
1956: The world in revolt posted on 25 Feb 2021
When I was at school in the Fifties and Sixties history seemed to me to be a procession of ‘significant’ dates.
The Long Way Back posted on 22 Feb 2021
In October of last year I wrote a slightly snivelling article about just how impossible it has been to find a copy of Margot Bennett’s The Long Way Back.
The Contenders posted on 18 Feb 2021
When I reviewed John Wain’s first novel, Hurry On Down, I commented on the evaporation of the author’s literary profile.
Rereading Scott Fitzgerald’s short stories posted on 16 Feb 2021
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn reads a selection of short stories by F. Scottt Fitzgerald and finds the 'best of his work can be so heartbreakingly beautiful'
A Dream of Heroes posted on 12 Feb 2021
Casares is a giant of Argentinian literature but probably comparatively little known by general readers in the UK
Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future posted on 09 Feb 2021
Guest reviewer, Simran Basi reads Mary Robinson's 'Climate Justice' and finds a book that "will open your eyes..."
The Postman Always Rings Twice posted on 08 Feb 2021
Published in 1934 when Cain was already 40, The Postman Always Rings Twice was the first of what would be a run of novels – including Mildred Pierce
The Forever War posted on 05 Feb 2021
In a recent review of The Hair-Carpet Weavers written by Alun Severn for this site, he expressed his frustration at not being able to find ...
Poverty posted on 01 Feb 2021
The last year has firmly put poverty back on the political agenda.
For Whom the Bell Tolls (with an afterword for Across The River and Into The Trees) posted on 28 Jan 2021
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn considers whether Hemingway's Spanish Civil War novel is his masterpiece and what happened to make his next novel so reviled.