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I have a confession to make. I am not a great reader of books and never have been. Being a robust, physical little kid, I always found the prospect of concentrating upon anything as sedentary as studying or indeed ‘reading for pleasure’ as a waste of valuable mischief or sport time. I suppose [...]

October 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cloudstreet/Tim Winton

Tim Winton is an Australian writer rapidly acquiring a fine reputation. His novels are set in Perth, Western Australia and Cloudstreet is the first I have read. It was recommended to me by a university friend who spoke very highly of him. It covers the period from World War Two to the 60s when [...]

October 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Mixer/Michael Cox

This book is fully titled The Mixer: The Story of Premier League tactics from Route One to False Nines which in one sense sums it up but in another does not give justice to the engagingly anecdotal style with which the writer approaches the topic as this far from being a dry flipboard account of [...]

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Eureka/Anthony Quinn

A series of novels depicting recurring characters is often a successful literary device and in the case of Antfony Powell’s Dance to the Music of Time a classic. Another Anthony, Anthony Quinn, a former film critic on The Independent, has now written a third in his series, the first [...]

September 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Amorist – review

Let nobody declare that there are places where Rust contributors fear to tread. At a social gathering a week or so ago a group of us gathered to discuss ‘the way forward’ and the proposition was aired – exactly from which source and/or whom remains lost in the mists of time – that, whatever [...]

August 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Frenchman’s Creek/ Daphne du Maurier

Frenchman’ s Creek is Daphne du Muriel’s only historical romance published in 1941. It reflects her ability to convey a sense of location, character and emotion but above all her competence in telling a story. The capacity to plot is one which critics rarely acknowledge but is probably [...]

August 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting used to it

On Saturday I read an excellent review of Robert McCrum’s new book Every Third Thought by Robert Lewis – one of my favourite book critics – in the Review section of The Times newspaper. Rather like the Literary Review, which I also buy every month, I regard the newspaper weekend [...]

August 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Based on a True Story/ Delphine de Vigan

The other day I was listening to the book programme A Good Read when the presenter Harriet Gilbert took an audible intake of breathe as she was aghast when a contributor confessed he did not feel like finishing one of the recommended novels. It raises the issue not uncommon in book clubs of the [...]

August 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Fowey and Helford Estuary

Though Cornwall is not the Riviera, for its range of locations and talented characters drawn there, there is still much to do of interest. On Sunday we went to Fowey on the river Fowey and opposite lies Bodinnick where Gerald du Maurier had a chalet style home and introduced Daphne to the locale. [...]

August 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Life of Picasso (1881-1905)/John Richardson

John Richardson was the partner of Picasso collector Douglas Cooper and knew Picasso well. He is therefore well qualified to be Picasso’s biographer and has written 3 detailed volumes of his life. I recently read the first. I have to admit immediately that I am not a great reader of [...]

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

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