Rating: 3 stars
Read for the Reader’s Room March Madness challenge.
I haven’t read The Merchant of Venice. I suppose this might have put me at a disadvantage in reading Howard Jacobson’s retelling of the play.
I’ve also not read any Howard Jacobson before. When I opened the book, I didn’t know what his style would be. I ended up enjoying it, despite initial misgivings. It’s a cheeky chappy style, but with depth. He put me in mind of Michael Frayn. I enjoyed the way he peeled away the layers of the issues with which he concerned himself in the book. Continue reading
Rating: 5 stars
Read for the Reader’s Room March Madness challenge
I’ve had this book recommended to me a few times, so when it was nominated for the March Madness challenge, I decided it was one of the challenge books I would read. Continue reading
I love Una Stubbs. Forget those silly boys dashing about London solving mysteries, she makes Sherlock for me.
She’s more than Mrs Hudson, though. She’s the cheeky foil to Cliff Richard who knows how to dance. She’s an expert at charades. Her episode of Who Do You Think You Are is one of the best they’ve ever done.
She’s in The Guardian today doing the Q&A. Quite aside from learning she despises Tony Blair, I love her even more today because she knows that you don’t need a fancy pants education to read Crime and Punishment (have I mentioned that it’s my favourite book in the world? Oh, I have?).
Rating: 4 stars
At first, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy The Pursuit of Love as much as I did Love in a Cold Climate. It seemed very frivolous and silly, even bearing in mind it’s by Nancy Mitford. Although I already knew the characters from the second book in the series, I felt they weren’t very well fleshed out at the start of this book. I think I was expecting them to be more clearly defined as characters, as this was the book in which Mitford introduces them. Continue reading
Rating: 3 stars
Read for the Shelfari 1001 group Group on Goodreads – an April BOTM
This was my first encounter with Nancy Mitford. I’ve meant to read this novel for years. Continue reading
For the Reader’s Room Winter Scavenger Hunt Challenge, we were asked to find our nearest Little Free Library, within a 30 mile radius.
I had the choice of two libraries, each a short drive from my home. Continue reading