Read more poetry – A personal challenge

I used to read a lot of poetry. My bookshelves were crammed with classic volumes of mainly 19th century poets. Amongst my favourites were William Blake, Elizabeth Browning, Robert Burns, Christina Rosetti and W. B. Yeats. Along with the more ‘serious’ poets, I loved the nonsensical rhymes of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. I even … More Read more poetry – A personal challenge

“Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor” by R. D. Blackmore

  Synopsis (via Amazon.co.uk): Lorna Doone, a Romance of Exmoor is an historical novel of high adventure set in the South West of England during the turbulent time of Monmouth’s rebellion (1685). It is also a moving love story told through the life of the young farmer John Ridd, as he grows to manhood determined … More “Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor” by R. D. Blackmore

Alternative Book Club – “The Establishment” by Owen Jones

Synopsis (back cover): Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to … More Alternative Book Club – “The Establishment” by Owen Jones

Alternative Book Club – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

I never read Treasure Island as a child. My mum bought a lovely Folio Society edition but as with all beautiful objects, she felt they should be saved for posterity rather than being manhandled by grubby children’s hands, so I never got to read it. I remedied that error this November. Despite not having read … More Alternative Book Club – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson

Alternative Book Club – “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh

I realise it’s been a while since my first Alternative Book Club (ABC) post. It’s not that I haven’t been reading anything gripping or inspiring. In fact, I thought about the ABC when I was reading Little Women and almost put pen to paper for the Count of Monte Cristo. But both books had themes … More Alternative Book Club – “I Let You Go” by Clare Mackintosh

Alternative Book Club – “Wild: From Lost to Found” by Cheryl Strayed

Wild is quite a personal story about the author’s struggle to cope with bereavement and relationships while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. It describes various parts of her life before she came to the decision to hike the trail. The story of walking the trail, the encounters she has and the struggles, are interwoven with threads from the … More Alternative Book Club – “Wild: From Lost to Found” by Cheryl Strayed