book clubbing:American Pastoral (1998)

I spent countless hours in bookshops. I love independent bookshops like the London Review where everything is carefully selected and the staff will help you find something totally to your taste, but my favourite bookshops are probably secondhand bookshops, stacked high with all sorts. You feel like you’ve done something satisfactory when you come home […]

iconography:mimi villars

‘Mimi didn’t care about secrecy. She led a proclaimed life, and once she got talking she held back nothing.’ So, as we’re all aware, I have fallen head over heels with the women in Saul Bellow’s The Adventures of Augie March. They are written with such sympathy, such character, and such warmth that it was […]

friday likes 8/2/13

Happy Friday everybody! I have been having a good, if totally crazy one this week; what with visits to my grandmother, my little niece-I-guess Ruby’s third birthday party, Mexican food with Will on Tuesday night, plus coming down with some sort of godawful plague for the rest of my work week. I’m amazed at how […]

book clubbing: And You Shall Know Our Velocity! (2002)

After my last literary foray, a near month spent immersed in post-revolution France and epic revenge, I had to opt for something more pacey and contemporary. My brain works like that. Too much of the same thing and I stop being able to focus. But that’s the beauty of literature. There is always something different, […]

book clubbing: The Count of Monte Cristo.

gold manicure while reading I am currently experiencing an ‘I did it! I finally did it!’ moment, you guys. I started Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo just before Christmas, as something to occupy what little free time bar managers get in December, and as of this weekend just gone, I finally finished it. […]