Pochemuchka; ‘The Vanishing of Katharina Linden’ by Helen Grant

There is something about an easily read book that annoys me. I am not entirely sure why, but if something can be read with ease in a small amount of time without too much thought I questions its value as a piece of brilliant literature. I am being unfair I know as an easily read book has its perks. Introducing the unenthusiastic to the passion that is literature with Dickens is not going to cut ………

A Movable Feast; ‘The Paris Wife’ by Paula McLain

I was 18 when I visited Paris, Montmartre to be specific. It was magnificent, culturally different to anything I was used to and even though I was not on top form (suffering from insomnia; how my friends put up with me, I don’t know!) it far from failed at being beautifully inspiring. Paris has an intellectual and cultural allure; it is beautifully grimy, secretively open and destructively generous. In the 1920s the Russian artist Marc ………

Faction Over Blood; ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

The best novels don’t just present you with new wondrous worlds; they make you want to be in there experiencing them. Half the fun of reading a dystopian novel, or science fiction and fantasy novel for that matter, is working out where you would fit into their story. In the Wizarding world I would be Slytherin, a personal decision and also the result of a more recent sorting hat test on Pottermore (I should clarify, ………

Can’t Read, Won’t Read; The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien

Not finishing a book can feel tantamount to failure. The sensation creeps up on you, a bubbling of disappointment as you realise the story in front of you is unreadable, a lost cause. A few years ago I had a rule; always finish a book. This was never too much of a problem as a light reader but as my reading habits intensified I hit a wall; The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño. This search ………