Month: April 2016

Books – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

Short novels are not fashionable at the moment. I’ve read many 500+ page beasts recently and I can’t remember a single one where I didn’t think it could have done with a stricter edit. This classic (published 1961) is a breath of fresh air in comparison, with just 128 (plus introduction). The skill in which this story is told, to convey a lifetime of … Read More Books – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – Muriel Spark

Books – The Green Road – Anne Enright

Having decided that this will be the year I finally read all the books on the shortlist for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, it seemed appropriate to begin with this novel. Mainly as I meant to read it last year when it was nominated for the Man Booker. All I knew about the book before picking it up was that it was about … Read More Books – The Green Road – Anne Enright

The Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8EA. Free entry.                  http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk The Geffrye is a unique museum in that it is set in the former almshouses of the Ironmongers’ company, built in 1714 with a bequest from Sir Robert Geffrye. These Grade I listed buildings have been home to a museum since 1914, and today the Geffrye is known as the Museum of the Home. … Read More The Geffrye Museum

Books – This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

This is one of those books that had to be read. Although this collection of short stories was published in 2012, the diversity debate on Twitter, which I follow quite closely, has meant that this book has been recommended by several people who know what they’re on about. Then when I walked into my local library last week it was sitting there – centre … Read More Books – This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz

Cityread London

Last Thursday I went to my first Cityread event and it struck me that an awful lot of Londoners still don’t know about this great initiative. There’s still time to get involved. Cityread is an annual month-long celebration of literature with a variety of different events taking place across the boroughs. Each year (this is the 6th) there is a chosen novel, the focal … Read More Cityread London

Books – The Law and the Lady – Wilkie Collins

  I have long been a fan of Wilkie Collins, ever since I first read The Moonstone as a child. Famous for being considered the first detective novel in the English language, this along with his other big commercial success The Woman in White are the books that come to mind when one thinks of Collins. Whilst researching for my own novel, set around … Read More Books – The Law and the Lady – Wilkie Collins

Travelogue – Bali

Last stop on my six week trip was the island of Bali. We flew from Singapore to Denpasar to KLM (top tip – we only paid £40 more per person to go Business class compared to an Air Asia low cost economy ticket! KLM stop off in Singapore on their way to Bali from Amsterdam and must need to fill the seats so it’s … Read More Travelogue – Bali