52 Books Challenge: #5 Buddhism For Busy People


I don’t think I’ve ever written a negative review of any book I’ve read. If it’s bad I would usually just chuck it at the point I’d had enough and move on. So, am I about to write a negative review on this book? Well ..... yes and no! It’s my own fault of course, … Continue reading 52 Books Challenge: #5 Buddhism For Busy People

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

Cicero, Buddha and The Two Doctors on Old Age


I first published this book review as a “conversation” between ourselves and Buddha (Sid) exactly one year ago at the start of 2019 and it seemed appropriate to repost it for all of my new followers as well as having a sort of timeless quality to it. The central issue is for us old fogies … Continue reading Cicero, Buddha and The Two Doctors on Old Age

Choosing Your Literary Hero


Do you have a literary hero, someone who is a little bit more than merely a favourite author, for whatever reason? Maybe its Dickens or Tolkien, or perhaps a Rowling or an Austen? On the other hand it could be Aristotle or Marcus Aurelius, or Churchill or Marx? Fiction or non-fiction, ancient or modern? Within … Continue reading Choosing Your Literary Hero