A Sunday Commonplace

Books mentioned in this post: Review copies: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan – finished Notwithstanding by Louis de Bernieres The Past by Tessa Hadley The Marches: A Borderland Journey between England and Scotland by Rory Stewart Mercury by Margot Livesey The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano (transl: Mark Polizzotti) Purchases: Victorian Bloomsbury by Rosemary Ashton Every Single… Read More A Sunday Commonplace

The Brontes, Don DeLillo and Roald Dahl, and other semi-lunatic ravings

Books mentioned in this post: Various biographies of the Brontes Someone Like You by Roald Dahl White Noise by Don DeLillo   What passes for literary criticism these days are underlined or bracketed passages, words penned in the margins of books I’m reading. Occasionally, I’ll take a picture of a particularly striking passage, or the… Read More The Brontes, Don DeLillo and Roald Dahl, and other semi-lunatic ravings

Reading Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Hardcover: 464 pages Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (October 1, 2013) Language: English ISBN-10: 0307958345 ISBN-13: 978-0307958341 Jane Franklin and brother Benjamin were so close they were called “Benny and Jenny.” Unlike her famous and learned brother, Jane Franklin could not even spell correctly, though she loved to read, probably making her way through all her… Read More Reading Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore

Woe is (not) me

Just a sampling, loves. Ah, bookish bookish love… These are a few review copies I have lying around the room, those which aren’t scattered further afield. Ideally, I like to keep the bulk of them in the same room – our family room, where the “main” computer is. Realistically, dream on. Silence Once Begun by… Read More Woe is (not) me

Anti-social thieves and an unconventional book shop

The Thief by Ruth Rendell Paperback: 96 pages Publisher: Arrow; Export e. edition (2 Mar 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0099502267 ISBN-13: 978-0099502265 The Brits have so many delicious short read editions it’s not even fair.  There are the Penguin Shorts I’ve known about for years (and have been collecting) but I’d never heard of this… Read More Anti-social thieves and an unconventional book shop