Book Review – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are some books which are so breathtakingly clear, honest and courageous that they instantly leap into the canon of ‘must-reads’ which will abide for decades to come. Peter Frankopan’s history book ‘The Silk Roads’ is one such example.… Read More Book Review – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Book Review: The Lost Continent – Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson My rating: 3 of 5 stars It was really rather interesting reading this book by one of my favourite authors. One of his earliest books, ‘The Lost Continent’ is something of a (now) backwards look at 80s America (mostly by car) by a relatively… Read More Book Review: The Lost Continent – Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

Book Review: An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington My rating: 1 of 5 stars Easily in the bottom five books I’ve ever read. This is a truly appalling book, not just because of the sentiments uttered within but because of the more dangerous aspect that so many people connect with the… Read More Book Review: An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington

Book Review: Literary Theory – A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler My rating: 3 of 5 stars Despite best intentions to take last year off exclusively for writing books, I found that the small amount of private tutoring work I took on to help ‘make ends meet’ while I wasn’t earning commercially blossomed considerably. I should have… Read More Book Review: Literary Theory – A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Culler

Book Review: Britain by the Book – A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle

Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle My rating: 5 of 5 stars I do like trivia books, I must confess. Give me a lot of facts mixed with a reasonable dose of humour and I’m in cloud nine. I got more than my money’s worth with Dr… Read More Book Review: Britain by the Book – A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape by Oliver Tearle