Book review: House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz

I would have thought that pastiches of the Sherlock Holmes oeuvre, of which this claims to be the first authorised by the Conan Doyle estate, would be one of the easiest to pull together. Each of the stories follows a fairly rigid pattern, and there are a series of boxes for any author to tickContinue reading “Book review: House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz”

Book review: The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

Continuing in my attempt to catch up with the best part of a life time of not reading Booker prize winners, I recently finished, not without a fair amount of persistence, Alan Hollinghurst’s “The Line of Beauty”. Hollinghurst is a slow writer – he has only written half a dozen novels in total – andContinue reading “Book review: The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst”

Book review: Selected Poems – Robert Herrick

Read in a 1996 Everyman edition which you can still buy for the astonishing price of £1. Herrick is best known for his “To the Virgins, to make Much of Time: Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…”, which is an excellent representation of his oeuvre – light verse that focuses on themes of love, women,Continue reading “Book review: Selected Poems – Robert Herrick”

Book review: Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves – P G Wodehouse

The novels of P G Wodehouse are so easy to dislike one really has to struggle to overcome the stench of monied stupidity rising off them. Rich people running around getting into “scrapes” (how easily the slang infects one’s language) in highly contrived “comic” situations, which are all resolved by the intervention of the gentleman’sContinue reading “Book review: Stiff Upper Lip Jeeves – P G Wodehouse”