Week 79: The Reader

By | 2018-12-18T15:37:11+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Reader book review "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana, The Life of Reason The Germans have a word for the struggle of those born after the Second World War to overcome the negatives of the past: Vergangenheitsbewältigung can be defined as the public debate that continues to this day [...]

Week 77: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

By | 2018-12-04T15:46:31+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas book review "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like 'I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. . . .' And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and [...]


By | 2018-11-22T18:12:07+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

I wrote this piece not long after my husband, Ken, died in 2016. Earlier this year I submitted it to the Timeless Wisdom International Writing Challenge sponsored by Exisle Publishing. It has been chosen to be published in the book, Love and Loss, a collection of short stories to be published in April 2020. Check it out on [...]

Week 75: Get Shorty and the 10 Rules of Writing

By | 2018-11-20T15:21:48+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Get Shorty and the 10 Rules of Writing Elmore Leonard, who died at the age of 87, was one of the most visual writers America has produced. It's no wonder that 26 of his novels and short stories have been adapted for the screen. He had a deceptively simple style that brought his characters [...]

Week 74: Mother’s Milk by Edward St. Aubyn

By | 2018-11-13T14:03:20+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Mother's Milk book review Patrick Melrose is a well-born, forty-something London barrister who, having burned through his inheritance, is now reduced to having to work for a living. Married with two young sons, Melrose is what is commonly called a "survivor", although his actual survival is frequently in doubt. As a young child he [...]

Week 73: Zadie Smith’s White Teeth

By | 2018-11-06T13:59:02+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

White Teeth book review Back in December 2000, a few months after Zadie Smith's first novel was published, winning the Whitbread award, nominated for the Orange prize, thrusting her into the media spotlight, The Guardian's Simon Hattenstone interviewed her at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) where she was writer-in-residence. Hattenstone began by informing [...]

Week 72: Michael Cunningham’s The Hours

By | 2018-10-30T11:46:13+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Hours book review I'm not sure it's possible to find any kind of weakness in Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. As a work of fiction, it's as perfect in its way as anything I've ever read. And it proves, if it needed proving, that a book does not have to take up a [...]