John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” – book review

I picked up this copy of  John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” at Sainsbury’s for 4 pounds, with a film tie-in cover, and I do not regret it. The book was published originally as “My Heart is My Own” and won the Whitbread Biography Award in 2004. I had read David Starkey’s biography of the young Elizabeth when I was in my early teens, but … Continue reading John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” – book review

Herodotus “The Histories” – book review

Herodotus The Histories is a brick of a book. It’s 750 pages of history and ethnography with a loose Greek- Persian theme to it. It’s definitely not always a page-turner. But I am so glad I read it, because there are moments in it that absolutely illuminated my understanding of ancient Greece. The reason I reached for Herodotus is Ryszard Kapuściński’s Travels with Herodotus. I took … Continue reading Herodotus “The Histories” – book review

Seth Godin “This is Marketing” – book review

Seth Godin has written many books on marketing, and recently I’ve decided to read at least one of them. This is Marketing is his most recent title. It’s very readable, and I devoured it in one afternoon. It’s not really intended as an introduction to the subject, despite its encouraging title. However, for those who have had some experience of marketing, this is a very … Continue reading Seth Godin “This is Marketing” – book review

Henry James’s “What Maisie Knew” – book review

“Poor little monkey!” (…) the words were an epitaph for the tomb of Maisie’s childhood. She was abandoned to her fate. What was clear to any spectator was that the only link binding her to either parent was this lamentable fact of her being a ready vessel of bitterness, a deep little porcelain cup in which biting acids could be mixed. They had wanted her … Continue reading Henry James’s “What Maisie Knew” – book review

Yara Rodrigues Fowler “The Stubborn Archivist” – book review

Yara Rodrigues Fowler’s The Stubborn Archivist is not strictly speaking a novel. It has much more in common with a piece of poetic prose – and in fact, the first few pages seem almost to be toying with the idea of straightforward poetry – with bold headings and lots of white space surrounding many line breaks. But it manages to engage one’s attention much as … Continue reading Yara Rodrigues Fowler “The Stubborn Archivist” – book review