I am very excited to be part of Fanda Kutubuku's annual Zoladdiction event this year, a celebration of the works of Émile Zola, during his birthday month (April). I would like to encourage anyone and everyone to be a part of the event this year, so why not choose a Zola novel to read during … Continue reading Zoladdiction 2020
A scene from The Odyssey 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of the times' - so begins Charles Dickens classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. In this moment, we are somewhere within that sentence. We are in the best of times the human race has ever known. We are living … Continue reading Now is the Time to Start Reading the Classics
I think I've been avoiding this play for years. I, like most people who read or see Medea for the first time knew what happens, but not how it happens. Normally I start these 'Thoughts On' posts by saying I keep this a spoiler-free zone, but I'm going to take it for granted for this … Continue reading Thoughts On Medea by Euripides
Photo by Siora Photography on Unsplash * I've found myself in a very strange place recently, a place I never thought I'd find myself. It began when I started to read The Kill by Émile Zola a couple of weeks ago. Not being a very long novel, I anticipated it wouldn't take me too long to get through … Continue reading To Read or Not to Read Two Books at Once
Classic readers are a lucky bunch when it comes to book covers. Almost universally, classic books are covered in great artworks or designs, that add an extra special treat to having a great book on the bookshelf. This blog post is going to be light on words but big on pictures, so enjoy the following … Continue reading Book Covers to Make People Envious of your Bookcase
Well, it took me 3 attempts, but finally I read and finished Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac. I say 3 attempts, the first 2 really were pathetic. I had tried reading it in-between reading Emile Zola novels last year, but barely got started, because truth be told, I was totally in Zola mode, and … Continue reading Thoughts On Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac
Photo by Ben White on Unsplash * My last blog post was a bit sombre, so I've decided this one will be a lot more upbeat. Yes, I've created a game and it's called Treasure Island Books! I say 'created', it's probably better described as an 'adaptation', a bit like the BBC creating another Jane Austen miniseries, but … Continue reading Let’s Play a Game, Treasure Island Books!