Ok, shall we talk about book now? That's what we're hear for really, isn't it? Sharp-eyed as you all undoubtedly are, you'll have noticed that I didn't actually review To the Lighthouse or Northanger Abbey last month, as promised. I did manage to read both, but had far too many things to say and far too little time (see previous paragraph, damn you February) to condense my thoughts into a review-sized post. So we'll call them rolling concerns, if you don't mind awfully.
This month I think we'll go with The Pleasure of Men as the book of the month. I heard Kate Williams give a reading a couple of weeks ago, followed by some minor Twitter stalking (on my part, that is), so I feel the least I can do is give the book a whirl. I've heard good things, and if anyone ought to be qualified to write a historical novel it's probably a historian like Kate Williams. So into nineteenth century London I shall dive, where a spate of murders captures the imagination of a young lady in the city. Interesting.
Going on from that, I'll go for a couple of light reads: It's Not Rocket Science by Ben Miller and It's Only a Movie by Mark Kermode. The former an idiot's guide to big science as provided by tellybox comedian and PhD drop out, Ben Miller. The latter, wittertainment in written form (if that means nothing to you, then you probably don't listen to the good doctor's movie reviews with long suffering colleague, Simon Mayo, on radio Five Live). Both, I assume, will provide light reads for my aching brain bits.
Talking of light reads, the final book I'm attacking this month is my newly acquired copy of Arguably, a 700-page plus collection of Christopher Hitchens's essays and articles. I never pre-judge a book, but I think it's safe to say I'll find something to enjoy in this tome.
Notable Posts from February
Review: The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz
Review: Room at the Top by John Braine
Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince