20 classics in 2011 #2: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. ‘A great many people give me the impression of never having for a moment felt anything’ – Isabel Archer, The Portrait of a Lady. Why did I want to read it? Well, first of all, Henry James is one of the ‘great’ novelists … Continue reading 20 classics in 2011 #2: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

20 classics in 2011 #1: The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

I'm reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. Read more about this project here. Why did I want to read it? After seeing the elegant and moving film A Single Man (and falling for Colin Firth all over again) I learnt it was based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood – a rather famous gay writer who for … Continue reading 20 classics in 2011 #1: The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood

20 classics in 2011: blog project

I am going to read 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books in 2011. All book-lovers have gaps in their reading - how could you possibly read everything? In recent years I've been fairly up-to-speed with newer books and Australian literature, but I'll often find myself in conversation, saying 'oh, I haven't read such-and-such yet'. People often assume I … Continue reading 20 classics in 2011: blog project