A headmistress is found strangled in her East London school, her death the result of a brutal and ritualistic act of violence. Found at the scene is a single piece of card, written upon which is an ancient Buddhist precept: “I shall abstain from taking the ungiven.”
This week we look at books read, reviewed and on the nightstand, discover what Wales Readathon 2019 is all about, and highlight fascinating literary features from across the Internet.
I’ve successfully completed the second week of my free online course, How to Read a Novel, in which we examined characterisation.
Its publication date scheduled to coincide with International Women’s Day, Julia Pierpont’s The Little Book of Feminist Saints is a joyous celebration of one hundred women who achieved something of significance during their lives.
This week we appraise books read and reviewed, look ahead to the LIVE.LIFE.BETTER. LIVE EVENT podcast for International Women’s Day and highlight fascinating literary features from across the Net.
For almost forty years George Orwell wrote and received the letters collected here, which have been edited by Peter Davison.
Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar Bear, Carolyn Lesser’s poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear.
I have completed the first week of my free online course, How to Read a Novel, and I’m relieved to report that I’m making good progress.
This week we look at books read and reviewed, discover what is happening with the Ulysses Readlong and highlight fascinating literary features from across the Internet.
Craig Larsen’s novel is a harrowing tale of survival in desperate circumstances. It will undoubtedly appeal to readers of gritty noir wartime thrillers.
Follow my progress as I take part in a four week online course with the University of Edinburgh on How to Read a Novel.
A moving story of first love told in old age, looking back at a hidden world of suburban secrets and sham respectability.
This week we appraise books read and reviewed, look ahead to World Book Day 2018 and highlight fascinating literary features from across the Net.
George Orwell’s 1934 novel is a tale from the waning days of British colonialism, when Burma was ruled from Delhi as a part of British India.
This week we look at books read and reviewed, discover what’s been happening with the Persephone Readathon and highlight fascinating literary features from across the Internet.
Estoril is a comedy-cum-spy story set in a luxurious hotel during the height of the Second World War.
In the balmy summer of 1920 Tom Birkin arrives penniless at Oxgodby station with his nerves “shot to pieces” and a commission to restore a Medieval work of art.
This is the fourth of my weekly posts in which I summarize books read, reviewed and currently on my TBR shelf. In addition to a variety of literary titbits, I look ahead to forthcoming features, see what’s on the night-stand and keep readers abreast of various book-related happenings.
This is the start of an occasional feature in which I highlight a small selection of books that I read and enjoyed at some point before publishing this blog.
There is much to admire in Abi Andrews’ debut novel. She has created an inspiring female protagonist, one you will think of long after reading the final page.