Inspiring Older Readers
More on Barbara Pym posted on 13 Jun 2022
Guest writer, Alun Severn looks back at the work of Barbara Pym and finds her 'a more complex, more accomplished and more acerbic writer' than he expected.
Rereading The Ballroom of Romance & Other Stories posted on 30 Mar 2022
Guest writer, Alun Severn takes another look at the work of short story master, William Trevor and discovers 'there are sufficient for a lifetime’s reading
Denis ‘Pip’ Piper : further reflections posted on 27 Feb 2022
When I first became aware of the book jacket illustration work of artist, Denis Piper (1928 – 1987) I was impressed.....
Salvador and Miami: rereading Joan Didion’s political reportage from the 1980s posted on 20 Feb 2022
Guest writer, Alun Severn revisits 'Salvador' and 'Miami' - examples of the 1980s documentary work of Joan Didion.
Rereading M.R. James’s ghost stories posted on 16 Jan 2022
Guest writer, Alun Severn considers the storytelling skills of M.R. James and in the process thinks about how well he is served by television adaptations.
The romance of a book signed by the author posted on 20 Dec 2021
Go to any shop or online website that specialises in ‘collectable’ books and you’ll quickly discover....
Rereading WG Sebald’s Austerlitz posted on 14 Dec 2021
On the twentieth anniversary of the death of W.G. Sebald, guest reviewer, Alun Severn, rereads his last book and considers the writer's legacy.
Rereading Herzog by Saul Bellow posted on 10 Oct 2021
Guest writer, Alun Severn returns to reading Saul Bellow "because his prose is glorious and ... funny."
The Canterbury Tales – Modern or Middle? posted on 05 Oct 2021
I recently found a very fine two volume Folio Society 1961 edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales
Darkness at Noon posted on 29 Sep 2021
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn considers whether a new translation of Koestler's classic provides a valuable new dimension or loses the immediacy of the origi