Mister Pip, Lloyd Jones

Many things about being a teacher vex me: longer hours than the public realise, pay, governmental meddling. Paperwork. Ofsted. As a teacher of English though, the lack of imagination in exam boards’ choices for set texts is pretty high on the vexing-list. Really, Of Mice And Men, again? An Inspector Calls as modern drama? Don’t…

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Ahhhhhh….. Some books are like taking a duvet day in December with a warm fire burning in the corner. And hot chocolate. Even though I don’t like hot chocolate, the idea of hot chocolate. And in the arms of someone who loves you. These books are comforting. Warming. Safe. And so it is with Good…

The Blasphemer, Nigel Farndale

16.2.2012 Just about to start this: good reviews on Goodreads and an interesting cover… All bodes well! 18.2.2012 Finding the dialogue in this book the most irksome thing. The characters seem likeable enough, the war scenes are impressively described, some of the narrative is genuinely witty and has been read out loud to my wife….