Travelling the Long Read

I recently finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and I thought instead of writing a straight forward review (as there are far too many of The Goldfinch already with it being a stellar read and an international best-seller), I'd reflect on the book's identity as a long read, what I found rewarding in tackling … Continue reading Travelling the Long Read

Old Favourites That I Will (Probably) Never Revisit

Yet again I find myself reading Maurice by E.M. Forster, an old favourite which I seem never to grow tired of. I've lost count of the amount of times I've read it now, and yet the emotionally charged plot still never fails to resonate with me. Reading this old favourite once more got me thinking about other … Continue reading Old Favourites That I Will (Probably) Never Revisit

Books Within Books, Reviews Within Reviews: ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ by Italo Calvino

I received this book as part of a boxset of Christmas/winter themed books as a Christmas present. From the title and the fact that it had been bunched in with 'A Christmas Carol' I expected a fun, possibly slighty spooky, Christmassy read. This was not what I got. Not even close. And I'm okay with … Continue reading Books Within Books, Reviews Within Reviews: ‘If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller’ by Italo Calvino

A Fast Paced and Thought Provoking Read – ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells 

This short novella was published in 1895 but it still feels fresh and relevant reading it today in the current political climate. The plot is essentially quite simple - a scientist invites a group of men to dinner, he arrives late to this dinner in a dishevelled state with a story about travel on the … Continue reading A Fast Paced and Thought Provoking Read – ‘The Time Machine’ by H.G. Wells 

The Way to a Woman’s Heart is by Kidnapping it – ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles

The basic outline of this book is a lonely, socially awkward, butterfly collecting man falls in love with a young woman. He decides the only way to make her fall in love with him is to kidnap her and keep her, like one of his butterflies, as a collectors item. He falls in love with … Continue reading The Way to a Woman’s Heart is by Kidnapping it – ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles

All The Globe’s a Stage -From The Globe Theatre ‘Richard II’

I am lucky enough the live very close to an amazing independent cinema and when I saw they would be showing a taped version of Richard II from the Globe theater I couldn't resist. Despite knowing absolutely nothing about the plot, I'm an English Literature student and Shakespeare done right reminds me why I'm studying … Continue reading All The Globe’s a Stage -From The Globe Theatre ‘Richard II’