Supplementary: The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling (2)

Of course, no sooner had I finished my previous blog than I googled “Rowling” and “Dickens” and established, conclusively, that there is no such thing as a new idea. In fact, the association between JKR and CD was established long before this novel, in, for example, interviews and comments by JKR herself. And there isContinue reading “Supplementary: The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling (2)”

Book review: The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

This is a bit of a trojan horse of a book – ostensibly about middle England’s parochial concerns about a vacancy on the parish council of a small town in the West Country, this novel actually addresses a wide range of social issues, from self harm, racism, prostitution, domestic violence, etc, etc. Its like anContinue reading “Book review: The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling”

Book review: The End: Germany, 1944-45 by Ian Kershaw

As readers we are as guilty as the rest of the media when it comes to our insatiable obsession with the second world war. We just keep returning to it, drawn irresistibly, by that haunting “what if?”. Here the focus is on the last year of the war in Europe (incidentally, it would have beenContinue reading “Book review: The End: Germany, 1944-45 by Ian Kershaw”