The Grass Harp by Truman Capote (Part of the Capote Readathon)

This post is part of the Summer Capote Readathon with The Literary Sisters. Feel free to join in!   I first read this novella in 2008 when I was in the midst of an obsession with Capote and his writing. I tore through his books and declared him to be one of my favourite writers.… Continue reading The Grass Harp by Truman Capote (Part of the Capote Readathon)

Top 5 Books of 2014… So Far!

Already we have reached the sun of the year, the hot nights and outdoor lunchtimes that tell us it’s summer. Already it is July! We are about half way through 2014, and so it is a good time to look back at the year so far and assess what we’ve done, what we liked and… Continue reading Top 5 Books of 2014… So Far!

Bookshelf Adventures: Colette

As regular readers will know, I have been thinking (and writing!) a lot recently about how difficult it can be to know what to read next, how to deal with pressure to keep up with new books, and the importance of going back to our bookshelves. With this in mind, I raided the bookshelves at… Continue reading Bookshelf Adventures: Colette

The Mortgaged Heart by Carson McCullers (A Poem for Thursday)

The dead demand a double vision. A furthered zone, Ghostly decision of apportionment. For the dead can claim The lover's senses, the mortgaged heart. Watch twice the orchard blossoms in grey rain And to the cold rose skies bring twin surprise. Endure each summons once, and once again; Experience multiplied by two - the duty… Continue reading The Mortgaged Heart by Carson McCullers (A Poem for Thursday)

City of Women by David Gillham (2013)

Having read Alone in Berlin, and a biography of Hans Fallada (the amazing More Lives Than One), I came to read City of Women with some idea of the world I was stepping into. A world filled with conflicts, both political and social but also psychological, as ordinary Germans dealt with the often devastating effects… Continue reading City of Women by David Gillham (2013)

Susannah Cahalan at Foyles

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness has been one of my favourite recents reads. It is enthralling, fascinating, and moving, as well as brilliantly written; so, of course, I jumped at the chance to see author and New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan speak about her work and the life-changing experiences which the book… Continue reading Susannah Cahalan at Foyles

Notes: Mrs Dalloway and The Hours

I have just finished reading Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf... and oh I am swept away. I hadn't actually sat down to read Woolf since studying her at university when we read The Waves and To The Lighthouse for a course on Modernism and the concept of time (I forget the official course title), and that was, well... two years ago (ish).… Continue reading Notes: Mrs Dalloway and The Hours

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (2012)

This book is utterly, utterly fascinating. It came to my attention in an email from Karen Browning at Penguin Press. Most unsolicited emails are a bit random and not always worth paying attention to, but I am so glad I read Karen's email properly. This book is worth paying attention to. I read a lot… Continue reading Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan (2012)

Best of 2012: The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

The Fever Tree is the debut novel from author Jennifer McVeigh, and I simply had to include it in my Best of 2012 series. I came across the book at the Penguin Bloggers Night back in March, when Jennifer read from the novel; I was also lucky enough to speak to her at the event… Continue reading Best of 2012: The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

Best of 2012: The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams

The Pleasures of Men was one of the few books this year I actually bought of my own volition, having been too late for the review copies. It appealed to me so much that I wanted to read and review it regardless of its publication date and press campaign. The cover was what struck me… Continue reading Best of 2012: The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams