Posts from ‘May, 2011’

Empire of the Sun – JG Ballard

Winner of 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize Shortlisted for 1984 Booker Prize Five words from the blurb: Shanghai, British, […]

The Whisperer – Donato Carrisi

 Translated from the Italian by Shaun Whiteside Five words from the blurb: missing, girls, arms, police, secrets. I hadn’t heard […]

Gormenghast Read-along?

I was inspired to read The Gormenghast Trilogy after hearing wonderful things about it at the Vintage Classics Day. A […]

Essential Books of the Decade?

A few weeks ago I attended an evening in London hosted by Penguin publishers. The aim of the night was […]

King of the Badgers – Philip Hensher

Five words from the blurb: Devon, English, town, quiet, privacy Twitter has been full of love for this book and […]

Reading about Sadness is a Pleasure?

I have often wondered why I am attracted to darker books. Happy stories tend to bore and frustrate me – I […]