Posts from ‘December, 2014’

My Favourite Reads of 2014

2014 has been a disappointing year for new books. I normally compile two lists of favourites  – one in which all the books were published in the previous year; the other composed of older books.  This year only four books could be included in the former category so I’ve combined the two to produce a […]

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Five words from the blurb: missionary, leaving, wife, adventure, worlds The Book of Strange New Things is an impressive book. It is nearly 600 pages long, but the intensity of the emotion means that it never drags and so seems much shorter. The book centres on Peter, a missionary who travels to another planet to […]

Cooked by Michael Pollan

Five words from the blurb: food, society, changing, basics, knowledge It isn’t often that a book comes along and changes the course of your life, but that is exactly what happened when I read Cooked. Michael Pollen is a journalist with a keen interest in food, especially our relationship with it. Cooked documents Pollan’s journey around […]