Book review: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, 1859

A while back I decided to copy Susan Hill‘s excellent idea of reading one Dickens novel a year. The volume of his work is such that it can be daunting knowing where to begin, (and thus never actually starting), whereas one novel a year is eminently achievable, and quickly builds up into a decent list.Continue reading “Book review: A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, 1859”

Book review: The Russian Girl, by Kingsley Amis, 1992

This is late Amis: The Russian Girl was published in 1992, just three years before his death. Amis is one of those novelists who essentially wrote the same novel over and over again, with slight changes of character and the setting thinly disguised. But this novel was an exception to that rule – instead ofContinue reading “Book review: The Russian Girl, by Kingsley Amis, 1992”

Book review: Put Out More Flags, by Evelyn Waugh, 1942

I re-read Scoop, Black Mischief, and Vile Bodies almost annually, yet somehow I had never got round to reading Waugh’s Put Out More Flags, which features many of the characters established in these earlier novels and could be seen as although is not explicitly a sequel. Why that is I have no idea, but IContinue reading “Book review: Put Out More Flags, by Evelyn Waugh, 1942”

Book review: The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K Dick, 1962

The Man in the High Castle is an alternate history novel. Although the author Philip K. Dick is best known as a writer of science fiction, and despite the setting, the novel is realistic in tone, and contains very few sci-fi elements. The scenario of the novel is chilling if not wholly original – theContinue reading “Book review: The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K Dick, 1962”

Book review: The Five – the untold lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims, by Hallie Rubenhold, 2019

The central concept of this popular history book (by popular in this context I mean some of the claims are not as strictly evidenced as I would normally expect) is to tell the stories of the five “canonical” victims of the Ripper, the women generally accepted to be the victims of a single murderer operatingContinue reading “Book review: The Five – the untold lives of Jack the Ripper’s victims, by Hallie Rubenhold, 2019”