A collection of Franz Kafka’s short stories showcasing his dark imagination and wry humour.
20th Century Literature
We look back at the 1981 political thriller ‘Bodily Harm’ for Margaret Atwood Reading Month.
A fun tag in which I share a picture (or ‘shelfie’) of a favourite bookshelf and answer ten associated questions. This time I celebrate Margaret Atwood Reading Month.
A classic supernatural thriller by an author who helped define the genre.
Collaborative book blogging: my contribution to the 1944 Club.
A comprehensive checklist of Margaret Atwood’s publications from 1961 to the present day.
A visit to the 1950s Cypriot home of Lawrence Durrell.
A short but shocking Dutch war classic by a writer who has drawn comparisons to Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut.
Aldous Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of the future sheds a blazing light on the present and is considered to be his most enduring masterwork.
A moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language.
After masses of nominations and much lively debate Hay Fest came up with the top 100 books by women over the last century. I intend to read my way through the list!
Described as “a brilliantly irreverent satire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news”, I was unfortunately unable to connect with Scoop – one of Evelyn Waugh’s most popular novels.
Collaborative book blogging: My last minute contribution to the 1977 Club.
For almost forty years George Orwell wrote and received the letters collected here, which have been edited by Peter Davison.
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.
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.
While The Extraordinary Life of A A Milne will undoubtedly delight fans, it should also appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the author and his famous teddy bear.
I rather like Pompey Casmilus, the narrator of this slightly off-kilter stream of consciousness novel.