Miss Marjoribanks, by ME Oliphant (1866). Part I

You know that squidgy stuff you squirt into wall cavities and it grows and grows and grows, filling the hole? Yeah, you know what I mean? I know, let's call it expanding foam....well, I think I've found the book equivalent. As part of the Classic 50 challenge I scoured online shops, poached ideas from other … Continue reading Miss Marjoribanks, by ME Oliphant (1866). Part I

Chess aka The Royal Game (Schachnovelle), by Stefan Zweig (1942)

Towards the end of A Clockwork Orange there is the memorable scene in which Alex is subjected to Aversion Therapy. He is injected with nausea-inducing drugs, his eyes are pinned open and he is forced to watch images of sex and violence, all the while listening to Beethoven. Without dwelling on The Current Situation too … Continue reading Chess aka The Royal Game (Schachnovelle), by Stefan Zweig (1942)

The Duke and I – #1 in the Bridgerton Series, by Julia Quinn (2000)

It's perhaps no secret that I like Regency stuff. It won't be a surprise to hear that I like period dramas on TV and film. So combine the two - a Regency Period Drama then it's pretty much guaranteed that I'm going to watch it. So, Bridgerton on Netflix. What's not to like? There's the … Continue reading The Duke and I – #1 in the Bridgerton Series, by Julia Quinn (2000)

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Written in 1859 this work of historical fiction recounts events of the French Revolution in the last quarter of the 18th Century. However, it is also reflective of the great social change sweeping through Europe in the 19th Century and, in some ways, should have been a cautionary tale for those nations whose monarchs were … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Christmas Reading Challenge

So, how did I do? Well, I managed a fairly respectable 14 and three quarters. Only let down at the last minute by embarking on a book that was deceptively chunky. However, I imagine I'll finish it by the weekend. I really enjoyed this challenge and I'm already on the lookout for books, suitably themed, … Continue reading Christmas Reading Challenge

Murder on Christmas Eve, classic mysteries for the Christmas season (CRC#14)

In the run up to Christmas The Guardian posted a couple of articles about writing stories for Christmas and a top 10 of Christmas crime stories. I'm hopeful that I can get my hands on one or two of the titles before next year. In the meantime here's a quick overview of this collection of … Continue reading Murder on Christmas Eve, classic mysteries for the Christmas season (CRC#14)

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (CRC#13)

Three things I didn't know about this book before I started reading: It is written by two authors...both American......as a series of letters I've seen the film and I loved it. I loved the period detail and the characters and the bitter sweet story, so I was quite looking forward to reading the novel. 1946, … Continue reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (CRC#13)