Inspiring Older Readers
Reconsidering Sam Selvon posted on 21 Jul 2021
Guest writer, Alun Severn considers Sam Selvon's best known novel and asks whether he sustains that success in the work that follows.
The ‘lonely voice’ of the short story – rereading Frank O’Connor posted on 19 May 2021
Guest writer, Alun Severn considers the work of Frank O'Connor, a master of the short story.
Edgar Wallace and the case of the Four Just Men posted on 29 Apr 2021
I recently listened to a Radio Four Extra programme in which crime novelist Mark Billingham reviewed the life and career of the prolific pulp...
Here is New York: E.B. White’s most famous essay posted on 19 Apr 2021
Guest writer, Alun Severn considers the most famous work of 'one of the twentieth century’s greatest essayists'
Finding old friends a new home: pleasure or pain? posted on 28 Mar 2021
My name is Karen and I am a self-confessed book hoarder.
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
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'
Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley Books posted on 04 Jan 2021
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn immerses himself in Patricia Highsmith's 'Ripliad' and especially enjoys 'Ripley's Game'.
Desert Island Books posted on 19 Dec 2020
During the various lockdowns of 2020 I’ve found myself listening to (far too much) Radio 4 Extra ...
It must be out there somewhere....? posted on 29 Oct 2020
I love the power of serendipity when I’m out looking for books.