Beautiful, Groundbreaking and Disappointing: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

I have been holding off writing this review because I’ve never felt quite so personally unravelled by a novel. Call me a nerd – for that is what I am – but the emotional entanglement I feel with good fiction has become more complicated after encountering Reif Larsen’s ‘The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet’. I […]

Lessons from Childhood Part 3: The Reader of Books

Over the past week, I’ve been talking about my favourite book from childhood – Matilda. In part one I talked about my practice of endless re-reading of this book, and wondering why I don’t really re-read anymore. Yesterday, I talked about female role models, and used Matilda as an example of how I tend to […]

Lessons from Childhood Part 2: The Role Model You Need

Last week I talked about a book that I read and re-read endlessly as a child, without mentioning the book as I didn’t want it to get in the way of the point that I was trying to make. Over the past few nights, in the ten minutes before bedtime, I have re-read that glorious […]

Lessons from Childhood Part One: The Virtue of Re-Reading

As a child, there was one book that I read over and over again. I don’t just mean that every summer I’d pick it up and have another, if slightly disinterested flick through. No, I really re-read it. I’d read through the whole thing from start to finish at least once a month, with dedicated […]

The Unread Alphabet I and J: The Comfort Zone of Apocalyptic Dystopia

There are some genres and topics in fiction writing that somehow just make you relax and enjoy yourself, no matter whether the book is well written or the characters well rounded. For me, that’s dystopia. I’m definitely a concept girl, I love any work that seeks to explore the impact of one significant cultural or […]

Better Drowned Than Duffers. If Not Duffers Won’t Drown.

Last night the husband and I trooped of to the Festival Theatre to see Swallows and Amazons. The first amazing thing about this is that we actually went on a date….a date with just the two of us!  We’re not really a ‘date’ couple, and we like inviting other friends along if we are going […]

The Unread Alphabet G-H: Classics and Cultural Consciousness

Reading classics often means that you will be encountering cultural baggage, especially when the characters, phrases or tropes in the book have settled into the public consciousness no matter how many people have actually read them. Sometimes you’ll know a key concept before delving into the exploration: ‘four legs good, two legs bad!’ Or you may […]