The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

Part memoir, part nature book, part social commentary, The Salt Path kind of fails to be any one thing. Had it not had a local interest for me, I am not sure that I would actually have finished it! The local section came – obviously – towards the end. It was a Sunday Times best…

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Nine!

Today’s category – I’m going to be upfront and honest – is one I don’t understand and I am confused by. The category is Favourite book to give as a gift. And I do give books as gifts. Frequently.  I’ve given Eleanor Oliphant is Perfectly Fine by Gail Honeyman, Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda…

Regular Reading Update

Book Haul Time! It’s a busy busy time at work – yet again! Exam marking and observations and stress. Much that gets in the way of reading! But equally much that reading can rescue you from! Nothing like escaping from that irksome stress with the pleasures of listening to George Washington Black’s escape from slavery…

Etymologicon and The Elements of Eloquence, Mark Forsyth

These are not worth separate blog posts: same basic book written in the same basic style about the same basic themes.  Which sounds terribly dismissive but shouldn’t: as a self-confessed language geek who’s alert to the absurdity and beauty of our mongrel mother tongue, these books were a delightful treat.and a little like talking to…

H is for Hawk, Helen Macdonald

I mostly read fiction: an escapist flight from the same rigours of the real world – work, a beautiful but demanding three-year old – that have kept me from keeping up-to-date with my reviews! So this book has languished on my kindle to-be-read pile for a while. A pretty long while. Which just goes to…