Book review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 2016

For the avoidance of any doubt, this review will almost certainly contain spoilers. Not because I want to ruin anyone’s enjoyment or anticipation of this or any other book, but because this is a review, not a preview, and I can’t effectively self-censor simply to avoid giving away any details of the plot. You haveContinue reading “Book review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, 2016”

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”

Let’s play a game…..

The name of the game is “Guess the book”. The book I am thinking of was written by a female novelist, but published in such a way as to disguise her gender. It features an orphan who up to the age of 11 lives with relatives who treat them badly, and is bullied by aContinue reading “Let’s play a game…..”