Category: Essays

Books that will not wait

I have a problem that I think a lot of you will be familiar with: I buy books much,¬†much¬†quicker than I can read them. At the moment I have about 200 books in my home library and I… Read More

Does a writer’s gender matter?

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and, although I didn’t do anything to celebrate, it did get me thinking. How much does a writer’s gender matter to their story? When I’m reading, I don’t think the writer’s sex matters… Read More

The best place to read

Provided I have peace and quiet, I can read pretty much anywhere. The seat doesn’t have to be particularly comfortable – hell, I’ll stand up if I need to – and I don’t care if I’m squashed right… Read More

Bad books

Yesterday I read a really good article about the bookish phenomenon that is ’50 Shades of Grey’. The post picks apart the language, characterisation and plot of ’50 Shades’ brilliantly, and it reminded me of the equally hilarious… Read More

The importance of reading Eliot

I chose to study English Literature at A-level, not because I enjoyed it particularly (English at school was not exactly riveting or profound), but because I was good at it. What I was most excited about was studying… Read More