Inspiring Older Readers
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.
Rereading Edmund White (again) posted on 02 Sep 2020
Guest writer, Alun Severn reassesses the career of Edmund White as age and illness begin to take their toll.
Spirits of the Season: the pleasure of well-chosen ghost stories posted on 24 Aug 2020
Guest writer, Alun Severn ignores the seasonal anomaly and sinks into an artfully selected collection of classic ghost stories.
Is this my summer of the short story? posted on 30 Jul 2020
At the very start of ‘lockdown’ (or more ominously perhaps, ‘lockdown one’) I wrote a piece for this website saying how hard I was finding it to read
Rereading George Orwell’s Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters posted on 19 Jun 2020
Guest writer, Alun Severn reflects on his long-standing relationship with the essays and journalism of George Orwell.
Reading in strange times: Oxfordshire, Shetland or Bloomsbury? posted on 25 May 2020
You might wonder what the connection is between these three very different settings for novels.
Rereading Atonement (and more) posted on 22 May 2020
Guest reviewer, Alun Severn rereads what is possibly Ian McEwan's most famous novel