‘Bewilderment’ is a wonderful book! It is beautifully written and made me look at the world in a completely different way. What it lacks in pace and action, it gains, in bucketloads, in tackling the ‘big’ ideas - human impact on the world, the existence of life on other planets, and probably the biggest one … Continue reading Book Review of ‘Bewilderment’ by Richard Powers
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’d like to share with you… 10 books with numbers in the title: 1. Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell A nightmarish vision of the future in which … Continue reading TTT: Ten Books with Numbers in their Title
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
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
Happy Friday, everyone! This week, I'm going to be taking a look at 'Middlemarch' by George Eliot. I read this novel as part of my degree course about 25 years ago, but have fond memories of discovering that it wasn't the dry old tome that I'd assumed it to be. Mary Ann Evans, under the … Continue reading First Page Friday: ‘Middlemarch’ by George Eliot
Happy Publication Day to one of the best YA sci-fi novels I've read in ages!
A little look at what I've been reading over the last week.
A little excerpt from my 'real' job as an English teacher.
One of the most anticipated sequels of the year!
Join me in exploring one of the first modern detective novels.