Peerless Flats By Esther Freud

Close up of book front cover

What made me pick up Peerless Flats when I found it in a charity shop a number of years ago is a mystery. What is more of a mystery is what made me pick it up as my next book to read through. The reviews from 1993, when this book was revealed, to more recent […]

Sharing My Thoughts

A week or so ago I found myself staring at my blog, pondering the photos I take for it and the content I produce. It wasn’t until then that I realised I haven’t done a personal post over here on so long. Sure the odd bit of my life makes it into snarky sub-clauses in […]

The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde

Penguin Books classics series

Even though I really have not read in a long time, I still find myself knowing a pretty large amount about classic books (though if I was ever to go on Mastermind they would not be my specialist subject) and am often surprised when people have not heard of something; this book is one of […]

War With The Newts By Karel Čapek

Book by Karel Capek

Reading War With The Newts it is incredibly difficult to believe it was written in 1936. Almost everybody that reads the book in the modern era reflects on certain elements sounding like they could refer to Nazi Germany and WW2. And in some ways they clearly did and picked up on the sense of war looming. […]

Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries

Reading has not exactly been my strong point over the last couple of years but with my mind increasingly clear and able to focus I hope 2017 will be the year of getting back into it.  So I started simple with something that did not involve too much thought in terms of uncommon words, phrases […]

The Allergy And Free From Show

A show in a place like Kensington Olympia that claims to be all about helping people find things they can eat sounds like a brilliant idea that will be crammed full of tasty things. But that whole thought process seems to only apply to the event if you are intolerant to gluten. If like me […]

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

So many people seem to have read Frankenstein, or at least sections of it, during their time at school. I never watched a film version of it either, to my knowledge, so my thoughts on it were completely skewed. It somehow managed to pass me by and I only ever knew of it because of […]