Back again for 2019!

Hello dear readers! As you may have noticed, I have been very quiet on here recently, but I am glad to say that I am now back for 2019. My last posts in November 2018 were about the Young Writer of the Year Award, for which I was on the shadow panel. I kept meaning… Continue reading Back again for 2019!

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True Love

Today The Guardian published an article entitled "Donna Tartt: Is this the year of The Goldfinch?" Of course I read it. I first read Tartt over ten years ago and something in me still remembers how it made me feel – that discovery of an author who did something different to all the other authors… Continue reading True Love

Donna Tartt Interviewed on CBS

A little more Donna Tartt excitement for you! She recently recorded her only American TV appearance for This Morning on CBS, and here it is! The interviewer has some great questions but quite an odd way of talking that is a bit off-putting, and fades out the ends of Donna's answers - but it is… Continue reading Donna Tartt Interviewed on CBS

An Evening With Donna Tartt

Let me just say this now: Donna Tartt is my favourite writer. Hands down. I read The Secret History and then The Little Friend about ten years ago, and something latched on inside of me and has never let go. I was amazed and excited to hear that she would be publishing a new novel… Continue reading An Evening With Donna Tartt

Clip: Kirsty Wark Interviews Donna Tartt

I was stupid enough to be busy on the night when BBC Four showed a Review Show Special of Kirsty Wark interviewing Donna Tartt - and now it is gone from iPlayer! But I found a section of it that Newsnight put on YouTube - so here it is... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiL1dIXAQKo It is an utter joy… Continue reading Clip: Kirsty Wark Interviews Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Where do I begin? The Goldfinch. The Goldfinch. It still hasn't entirely sunk in that Donna Tartt has written another novel; that it is out this year; that it is called The Goldfinch. And yet I have read a proof copy of it, all 771 pages, kindly sent to me by someone at Little, Brown.… Continue reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

  Tigers in Red Weather has created and is still creating rather a lot of, dare I say it, 'buzz' and 'hype' on GoodReads and the book blogs, with lots of good reviews and 4 or 5 star ratings. It is the debut novel of former journalist Liza Klaussmann, which after having read it I… Continue reading Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

55 Reading Questions

I saw these questions on Follow The Thread, and liked the way they approached reading, and the fact they were just for bloggers - so I thought I'd give them a go! 1. Favourite childhood book? When I was very young it was The Worst Witch, and then Lord of the Flies when I was slightly… Continue reading 55 Reading Questions

True Grit by Charles Portis

When the latest version of True Grit was released in cinemas in 2010 (the first film was released in 1969 and starred John Wayne), I was eager to see it. Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and the Coen brothers were a big yes, and my dad recommended the story. I'm not usually a fan of Westerns, but… Continue reading True Grit by Charles Portis