Monday, 16 July 2018

Colm Toibin House of Names

A mixed reception for this  retelling  of and tinkering with the Oresteia . Why did he write it   ?

Monday, 4 June 2018

Graham Swift Mothering Sunday

A short jewel.Wonderful writing  and evocation of time and place. Is the writer toying with us with the talk of "truth" and  author character saying she lies in interviews? A good read

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Mary Westmacott Absent in the Spring

Good but not great . We couldn't help  comparing to her other name "Agatha Christie",similar tricks and devices in the writing . Enough in it to be worth reading and not a whodunnit  but  a mystery in its own way

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sylvia Plath The BellJar

Why have none of us read this before ?  It is a good read. Funny moments in a sad story

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Sebastian Barry - A Temporary Gentleman

A hit. Most really liked it one quite liked it. One of the overlapping but independent series of books about the McNulty family. Lyrical, moving ,engaging

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Evelyn Waugh - A Handful of Dust

A book of two halves, Some preferred the first half  some the second but all found it readable

Friday, 22 December 2017

Beryl Bainbridge The Bottle Party Outing

Mixed reception of this one . Some quite liked  some not. Perhaps a period piece and a a farcical element as well