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’

‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ by Philip K. Dick

This like 'The Bloody Chamber' is another book from my University course, it is also another book that I very much enjoyed reading. First written in 1968 it became the basis for the iconic 1982 film 'Blade Runner' although many of the characters differ from the film in reading the book you get a different … Continue reading ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ by Philip K. Dick

A Woman on the Brink – ‘The Edible Woman’ by Margaret Atwood

This novel, written in 1969, cemented Margaret Atwood as one of the key feminist writers of the 20th Century, her other key book is 'The Handmaid's Tale' which is a brilliant dystopian novel. This novel's publication coincided with the rise of the women's movement in North America. The book follows Marian, a modern woman with a … Continue reading A Woman on the Brink – ‘The Edible Woman’ by Margaret Atwood

My Favourite Book – ‘Maurice’ by E.M Forster

A favourite book is an very personal thing, it is, in some sense a part of you. I would never recommend my favourite book to a friend for fear that they wouldn't like it, and I'm not trying to sell it to you right now. Yet at the same time other people's opinion of my … Continue reading My Favourite Book – ‘Maurice’ by E.M Forster