Book review of ‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín

Publishing in September 2021, is 'The Magician', a new book by Colm Tóibín, author of many, many books including 'Brooklyn' and 'Nora Webster'. This is a largely fictional, yet meticulously researched, account of the life of Thomas Mann, the Nobel Prize-winning German author of 'Death in Venice' and 'The Magic Mountain'. The story begins with … Continue reading Book review of ‘The Magician’ by Colm Tóibín

First Page Friday: ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustavo Flaubert

I’ve got something a bit different for you today, a classic novel that I suspect that not that many people have read - ‘Madame Bovary’. It’s a relatively slim volume, and yet Flaubert took five years to complete it, writing for twelve hours a day. Supposedly inspired by a real-life scandal, ‘Madame Bovary’ is a … Continue reading First Page Friday: ‘Madame Bovary’ by Gustavo Flaubert