Nutshell, Ian McEwan

Some books need more of an exercise in imagination than others. A bigger suspension of disbelief. An unborn narrator, for example, is one such. And not just unborn in a metaphorical sense but literally foetal. The narrator of McEwan’s most recent book – recently serialised on Radio 4 – is a third-trimester Hamlet, set in modern London, recounting…

The Ghost Of Shakespeare

It’s surprising how coincidences happen sometimes. I mean, it’s no surprise that there’s been a lot of crime and detective fiction in my reading list recently: it’s basically research! But there’s also been a lot of Shakespeare in it! Ali Shaw’s The Trees isn’t – I don’t think – based on Shakespeare but there are…

I Read These First!

There are a lot of books from my past creeping onto the silver screen. Books that I read long long loooooong before Hollywood thought to cash in. Books that I don’t want people to think that I read after the film! Life of Pi Atonement Cloud Atlas The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Too much to read; too little time

Ooooo…. So much work piling up…. Marking, planning, moderating…. And I have just left the bookshop with this And this And on top of that, really enjoying Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace by Kate Summerscale. Chances of completing much of that work is diminishing quickly!