Category Archives: Book reviews

Reflections on reading Bleak House: Charles Dickens just isn’t very good, is he?

If you have a long memory, you may remember that away back at the beginning of the year there were a number of events marking the bicentenary of Charles Dickens – special programmes on the BBC, a memorial ceremony in … Continue reading

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Readability, accessibility and the Booker prize

Amongst the three people who actually care about such things, there has been a small controversy brewing over the shortlisted novels for this year’s Booker prize, the winner of which is to be announced this evening.  You may have missed … Continue reading

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This is not a book review

You might be expecting, some time around now, my review of A Gay History of Britain.  And the thing is, I would totally have it ready for you, except that the dog ate it. Or no, actually, it wasn’t the … Continue reading

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Review: Alan Hollinghurst, ‘The Line of Beauty’

A short while ago, I announced my intention of trying to read (and then review on the blog) a new book once a month.  I chose The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst to go first, mainly because I was … Continue reading

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