Summary: This is a historical murder mystery novel, set in the Oxford England of the middle 17th Century, just after the Restoration of Charles II to the throne. The mystery plays out from four different narrative viewpoints, each narrator having their own chapter. The genesis is the murder of an Oxford Don, Dr Grove, in … Continue reading An Instance of the Fingerpost – Iain Pears
Summary: We follow the life of Holly Sykes, as she grows from a 15 year old teenager, to the end of her life. In six different Time sections, we get the backstories of people who will eventually impact Holly’s life, for good and bad. There is also a large element of the mystical/fantasy, which is … Continue reading The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
Summary: This book deals with the life of Francis “Frank” Phelan, homeless guy in 1930’s Albany, New York. It gives a couple of days in his life, along with various flashbacks to enable us to see how he got to be the way he is. It is the third in the author's "Albany" cycle of … Continue reading Ironweed – William Kennedy
St Patrick's Day in Ireland, and a Literary Pub Tour - marriage made in heaven?? On a day when the world goes green [17th March every year], where better to spend it than at the heart of it? Well, there's nothing like a guide to the literary pubs to help you get around. I have … Continue reading Literary Pub Crawl of Dublin
Summary: This is the third book in Roth’s trilogy, exploring American life. Main Characters: Nathan Zuckerberg: The narrator, he is an author who has lived in the Berkshire hills for the past five years. Colman Silk: The retired dean of classics from Athena, the main subject of the novel Faunia Farley: Silk’s 34 year old … Continue reading The Human Stain – Philip Roth
Hello! A very Happy New Year to everyone - I hope you all had a lovely break over the holidays, and got lots of reading in!! What a way to start the New Year! Greg Hickey, the author of The Friar's Lantern, has kindly agreed to help me kick off 2019, and wrote a guest … Continue reading Guest Article: The Social Critiques of Philosophical Fiction
Wrap-up of the last 40 weeks, where I reviewed all 37 of Shakespeare's plays.
Jealousy, intrigue, racism, betrayal.
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child
Mistaken identities, foiled social climbing, and unrequited love - If music be the food of love, play on!