Reviews and Commentary


Such a great disappointment occurs when a favourite author fails to grab your attention. Akin to the symptoms of withdrawal from addiction, the torment of going cold turkey. And it is not for want of trying. The compulsive reader perseveres. But without success. So they take a break, then return to tackle a few more pages. Determination rules. Ploughing on past the first chapter or two convinced that things will get better. “It’s not you, it’s me,” you murmur, adapting the time-honoured phrase of couples on the verge of a break-up. Surely a long-term relationship such as ours cannot have… Continue reading

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Apologies for the long silence on the book review front. There’s no real excuse apart from being busy editing other writers’ books. This means scant time or energy remains for more reading at the end of a busy day. And the hillock of books for review is fast becoming a high tor. So much easier, and generally more relaxing, to slump in front of the telly and wallow in the visual interpretation rather than focus tired eyes on the written original. Often one is confronted with a BYGOF situation; a two for one – book and film – that tends… Continue reading