20 classics #12: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

I’m reading 20 classic, modern-classic or cult books. Read more about this project here. See the other classics here. Why did I want to read it? I’d only read Emma and Pride and Prejudice of Austen's novels, and when I heard that Northanger Abbey was a sort of satire of the gothic novel, I was intrigued. I also visited Bath … Continue reading 20 classics #12: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Guest review: Andrew Wrathall on 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Harvill Secker, 2011 9781846555497 (hardcover, ebook: books 1 & 2, book 3)  by Andrew Wrathall Aomame is warned: ‘Things are not what they seem,’ before she leaves a taxi on a backed-up freeway in Japan and walks down an emergency stairway, which causes her to slip out of 1984 and into the alternate reality of 1Q84. … Continue reading Guest review: Andrew Wrathall on 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

Guest review: Alice Grundy on Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Vintage, 9780099535379 (Aus, UK, US) Reviewed by Alice Grundy The cover of Adam Ross’ first novel, Mr Peanut, is swathed in praise from no lesser lights than Stephen King and Michiko Kakutani. The title page features a reproduction of Escher’s ‘Mobius’ flagging the role of the double in the plot. All the signs point towards … Continue reading Guest review: Alice Grundy on Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

Another Voice for Nam Le – a Guest Post by Louisiana Alba

Louisiana Alba is the author of Uncorrected Proof, which I heart, so I asked if she would write something just for me (and you lit-lovers). Here 'tis: Italians have a phrase: non mettere le mani avanti, don't put your hands out in front (to prevent the fall you fear). Let the scholars sort out my … Continue reading Another Voice for Nam Le – a Guest Post by Louisiana Alba