I recently finished reading Helen Dunmore’s first novel, Zennor in Darkness. Published in 1993, the book won the McKitterick Prize the following year. Zennor in Darkness is a World War One novel set in Cornwall. Essentially a love story between Clare Coyne and her cousin John, there’s also a fascinating sub-plot based on the true-life…… Continue reading Book Blog: Zennor in Darkness by Helen Dunmore
There was a report on the News a few months ago about a big surge in the quantity of books being bought as the pandemic took hold and home working and home schooling became the new normal for so many people. At about the same time The Guardian was reporting an increase in the sale…… Continue reading Who likes reading fiction?
A few weeks ago, every time we went on Netflix the first title offered was The Queen’s Gambit. The blurb was intriguing: In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction. I googled the title and found that the series…… Continue reading Book Blog: The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis
Last week I wrote my first #ThrowbackThursday #BookReview about An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns. Renee at It’s Book Talk started using the #ThrowbackThursday meme as a way to share books that are old favourites. I first saw this idea on a blog I read regularly: Between the Lines – Books ‘N’ Stuff and thought it worked…… Continue reading #ThrowbackThursday #BookReview Kings and Queens by TerryTyler @TerryTyler4
I’m pleased to welcome a guest writer to my blog today with some insights into the writing of Ford Madox Ford. Actor, writer and teacher, Michael Murray was born in Stepney, East London. He trained for the stage at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Under his Equity name, Michael worked for many years as…… Continue reading Love in the Head: Ford Madox Ford and Parade’s End
Have you seen The Last Station directed by Michael Hoffmann? It’s a fantastic film and we watched it twice back to back on DVD. The film tells the story of the last years of Tolstoy’s life. Tolstoy had a tumultuous relationship with his wife Sofya which lasted for many years and resulted in thirteen children.…… Continue reading Attempting to read War and Peace for the umpteenth time.