Quite by chance, I read A Room of One's Own as the first in my journey to read some of the best books of all time. It's one of those books most people (and writers in particular) have heard about and thought they should read, but often put off for another day. I finished the book in a few days - it's slim, but it's good reading.
Reading about the past is one of my favourite...(cough!) past times. I love to read about tales of the human struggle, how people were pitted against the cruelty of the power hungry, blood thirsty psychopaths that have dominated the ranks of the elite for eons; Just because their ancestor had the biggest stick.
Gavin Extence's writing is both witty and sincere, a clique page-turner it isn't. But certainly a more refined novel for the modern man to read at leisure. Many memorable moments you'll feel compelled to share. For instance, when Gabriel Vaughn feels outmaneuvered by a young clergyman it's made the funnier that in fact, he was outbullshited.
Yewtree will go down as being coined the craze of the 10's. Just as hosting a referendum is the new fad to replace 2013's
"inquiry for this and an inquiry for that! Darling we've ran out of milk, we need to open an inquiry!"It comes then with no great surprise that crime writer Peter Robinson should bestow his beloved detective Banks with such a folly deal of the historic sex crime.
I'm never been exactly sure about how I feel when authors pen their novels around historical figures in fictional plots. Well, I say this having never actually read a book that has even ever done such a thing. Regardless of that fact and slightly odd introduction, I can't help but find it a little bit safe for the writer to choose a writer as their protagonist, fictional or not.
The narrator of Kate O'Riordan's new book, 'A disturbing thriller of sexual obsession and family secrets', is a middle-aged woman. Oddly, I only realised this half-way through the first chapter, having what some people might call a 'self-reflective reading style', where I constantly assume that the lead character is myself.
What does infallible mean? Well, Google seems to think (as well as perhaps consider itself) something that's perfect and cant be critiqued. This book, however chocked full of fact, followed by more facts, some light Saturday night takeaway humour, then some biblical "facts", is hardly perfect. So an ironic title, well Nearly!