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

How to Review Your Year of Books Read


I received an email the other day from Goodreads, a website I use to search for books of interest and to read reviews written by enthusiasts. It gave me a complete breakdown of all of the books I’d read across the year which I found quite interesting and surprising in some areas. “Goodreads is a … Continue reading How to Review Your Year of Books Read

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

Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?


William Cobbett is best known as a political satirist, a champion of the working man especially agricultural labourers who he called his “chopsticks”. Born in 1763, across his life he was … a soldier, a pamphleteer, a convict, a journalist, a farmer and a member of Parliament before he died in 1835. He wrote many … Continue reading Book Review: William Cobbett … the greatest Englishman, ever?