My love affair with Jane Eyre

When I first read Jane Eyre I hated it. I was fourteen years old, spotty, constantly suffering from colds and under constant oppression from teachers, parents and fellow students. How little did I realise how much I had in common with Jane, and her own coming of age. I remember now, turning the pages as … Continue reading My love affair with Jane Eyre

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

A profound treatise on modern-day lonliness. A family pyschodrama with a devastating twist. A tale of how small acts of kindness can lead to warm rivers of friendship. A dampened Bridget Jones for our cursed, digitally enslaved times. However you want to characterize Eleanor Oliphant, it is difficult to come away from Gail Honeyman’s precise … Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

5 tips to win the Booker Prize 2018

On the 20th September 2018, the shortlist for the Booker Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the world, will be announced. And on 16th October, the winner will be announced. Here are my top five tips to win the prize this year, together with my own thoughts on odds, having read each book: Everything … Continue reading 5 tips to win the Booker Prize 2018

The Hunt for the Dingo by PJ Nash

It has been a while since I’ve read such an earthy thriller, a story that propels the reader with each sentence, and that delineates its characters with such an unashamedly masculine voice. The Hunt for the Dingo is written in the same swift and thrilling style of Dan Brown and Michael Connelly, with a prose … Continue reading The Hunt for the Dingo by PJ Nash

Libra by Don DeLillo

I have just finished reading this amazing, astounding book - a book of imagination and re-imagining; a book of punched language, clipped and fatal words delivered intently, like gunshots; a book whose chief success though is a triumph of empathy. My own journey to the events surrounding JFK's demise has been an absorbing path, filled … Continue reading Libra by Don DeLillo

What a Carve Up!

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS I remember fondly reading The Rotters Club for the first time, an unexpected surprise; a birthday gift from a dear friend who knew my future reading habits better than I could have predicted myself at the time; and being transported into the delightful world of an unfamiliar author who manages effortlessly … Continue reading What a Carve Up!

Desire: A Memoir by Jonathan Dollimore

As a quaking fifteen-year old introvert I remember the first time I read James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and seeing in Stephen Dedalus the same quaking anxieties as a schoolboy I too was experiencing. My love affair with reading was accelerated, and a new affair with writing was precipitated … Continue reading Desire: A Memoir by Jonathan Dollimore

The Thorn Birds

Colleen McCullough's epic saga of an Australian family was, for many years for me, a curse rather than a blessing. Forced as a child to endure the liquid melodrama of the soapy television adaptation, I grew up believing that only boredom and intransigence were prompted by any reference to the artificial-religious tale. And it is … Continue reading The Thorn Birds

The Sea, The Sea

Iris Murdoch's sumptuous descriptions of the sea make that wavering water as much of a major character in her Booker-winning opus as Charles Arrowby, the deluded theatre impressario who moves to an isolated hut by the ocean to write his memoirs. The novel's beauty comes not from its painful narrative - speaking as much to … Continue reading The Sea, The Sea