52 Books Challenge: #3 Time, Big Ideas!


Time, written by Eva Hoffman is one of the books in the Big Ideas series in which writers are encouraged to think about our world afresh including politics, our passions and preoccupations, and our ways of seeing the world. They are meant to stir debate ...... let's see if it's worked with myself, and then … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #3 Time, Big Ideas!

52 Book Challenge: #2 The Reluctant Professor


John Carey is a retired professor in English Literature, emeritus professor Merton College Oxford who is perhaps best known for his "anti-elitist views on high culture. He has chaired the Booker and the Man Booker prize awards on several occasions, and has been chief reviewer of books for a number of media outlets including the … Continue reading 52 Book Challenge: #2 The Reluctant Professor

Your Top 10 Books: Do you know them?


My 52 Books Challenge via Goodreads is well underway now, but as some of you may have gathered the challenge really is to write 52 Book Reviews. I will probably read more than 52 books across the year but not review all of them. Anyway, with such a focus on getting organised for this book … Continue reading Your Top 10 Books: Do you know them?

52 Book Challenge: #1 The 100 Year Old Man Who ……..


I recently signed up for Audible membership, the Amazon Kindle section that sells audible versions of books. Sorry, obvious really! It was during the recovery period following my prostate cancer surgery when I was finding it very difficult to concentrate on reading anything, so I thought I’d give Audible a try. It’s £7.99 each month … Continue reading 52 Book Challenge: #1 The 100 Year Old Man Who ……..

A Light Has Gone Out Across England!


SIR ROGER SCRUTON, has died aged 75. He was a philosopher and academic variously identified as “one of the nearest things Britain has to a public intellectual”, Britain’s favourite “token reactionary” (his own description), and even “the thinking man’s skinhead”. As one of the most contentious figures in British public life, Scruton operated as an … Continue reading A Light Has Gone Out Across England!