Category Archive: Novels

‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’ by Richard Flanagan

I must recommend Richard Flanagan’s newest novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. It’s a staggeringly good novel, incredibly moving and compelling. I found myself aching to get back to it. It tells… Continue reading

Springsteen, Steinbeck & The Grapes of Wrath

Bruce Springsteen has been in Australia this month, playing epic shows around the country, all the while his latest album High Hopes, hit No 1 in the US and several other countries. At… Continue reading

Jonathan Franzen on Modern Life

Novelist Jonathan Franzen writes an interesting article in today’s Guardian on several elements of increased technoconsumerism in modern life. It focuses on German author Karl Krauss, whose soon-to-be published essays he has recently translated. I’m not… Continue reading

A Tribute to Adrian Mole

UPDATE: I’ve just heard the news that author Sue Townsend has passed away. Coincidentally, it was the death of Margaret Thatcher almost exactly one year ago that prompted me to think of Townsend greatest… Continue reading

Top 3 Books of 2012 (fiction)

Like most people, I read fiction from across the years, rather than – with some exceptions – as they are released. Thus, these are essentially the best books I read in 2012. Another… Continue reading

On Reading Novels

Last night was the 50th meeting of Booker at the Pub. It began back in late 2007, when I realised while I have always been a constant avid reader, this had predominantly steered… Continue reading

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