Top 5 Books for Spring!

Spring is (kind of) in the air, and I at least am starting to long for the warmer weather, no need for a big coat, sun shining down… and what better way to embrace the new (slightly) warmer weather with an appropriate book? Yes, it has the wrong season in the title, but Summer Crossing… Continue reading Top 5 Books for Spring!

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I was always ‘one of those people’ who had not read To Kill A Mockingbird, and people’s amazement and indignation at this did nothing but annoy me. It did not make me want to read the book, despite it looking like something I would really enjoy. It was only the recent announcement of the discovery… Continue reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (Part of the Capote Readathon)

Like most people, I think, I saw the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's before I read the book. The film itself is so famous, so remembered for the iconic images of Audrey Hepburn with her pearls, and her sunglasses, and her cigarette in its holder, that I think sometimes the details of the story… Continue reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (Part of the Capote Readathon)

Capote Readathon: Short Stories (Part Two)

For those of you who have been following the Summer Capote Readathon that I've been doing with Kirsty of The Literary Sisters, you'll know that we are reading from The Capote Reader - a sort of compilation of his best short work, including twelve short stories. We wrote about the first six of these at… Continue reading Capote Readathon: Short Stories (Part Two)

Summer Crossing by Truman Capote (Part of the Capote Readathon)

This post is part of the Summer Capote Readathon with The Literary Sisters. Have you read Summer Crossing?I'm glad I've never had to be in the position of Alan Schwartz, Truman Capote's friend and lawyer. In his Afterword to Summer Crossing he explains that in his will Capote "left everything including his literary properties to a… Continue reading Summer Crossing by Truman Capote (Part of the Capote Readathon)

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)

Capote Readathon: Short Stories (Part One)

As part of the Capote Summer Readathon, Kirsty and I are reading the twelve short stories included in A Capote Reader. For July we have read the first six of these. They vary in length, style, and subject, and they are a joy to read. Which of these have or will you read? Miriam I… Continue reading Capote Readathon: Short Stories (Part One)

Announcing the Capote Summer Readathon! (with The Literary Sisters)

I am very pleased to announce that I am taking part in my first ever readathon! It will take place over July and August and will feature the writing of none other than Truman Capote. This is a joint readathon with Kirsty of The Literary Sisters. So why Capote? Kirsty posted a flash review of… Continue reading Announcing the Capote Summer Readathon! (with The Literary Sisters)

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

Interview with Liza Klaussmann

Liza Klaussmann's debut novel Tigers in Red Weather was published by Picador on 2nd August to great critical and commercial success, having already been very popular with book bloggers and literary critics. A carefully plotted family saga covering twenty years, with secrets and lies sizzling at their summer house. I reviewed the book in July and… Continue reading Interview with Liza Klaussmann