‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads When Jack Kerouac’s On the Road first appeared in 1957, readers instantly felt the beat of a new literary rhythm. A fictionalised account of his own journeys across America with his friend Neal Cassady, Kerouac’s beatnik odyssey captured the soul of a generation and changed the landscape of American fiction for ever. … Continue reading ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac – Book Review

‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads One by one the boys begin to fall... In 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' … Continue reading ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ by Erich Maria Remarque – Book Review

‘Constellation Myths: With Aratus’ Phaenomena’ by Eratosthenes and Hyginus – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Athena seized the writhing serpent and hurled it into the sky, and fixed it to the very pole of the heavens. The constellations we recognise today were first mapped by the ancient Greeks, who arranged the stars into patterns for that purpose. In the third century BC Eratosthenes compiled a handbook of … Continue reading ‘Constellation Myths: With Aratus’ Phaenomena’ by Eratosthenes and Hyginus – Book Review

‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. … Continue reading ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë – Book Review

‘The Odyssey’ by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty, and power; about marriage and family; about travelers, hospitality, and the yearning for home. In this fresh, authoritative version--the first English translation of The Odyssey by a woman--this … Continue reading ‘The Odyssey’ by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson – Book Review

‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen – Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!' Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her … Continue reading ‘Sense and Sensibility’ by Jane Austen – Book Review

‘Emma’ by Jane Austen – Mini Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Beautiful, spoilt, vain and irrepressibly witty, Emma organises the lives of the inhabitants of her sleepy little village and plays matchmaker with devastating effect. Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most captivating and vivid characters. My Review The book that started my love affair with all things Austen. It is gossipy brilliance … Continue reading ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen – Mini Book Review

‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen – Mini Book Review

Blurb from Goodreads Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work "her own darling child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." The romantic clash between the opinionated … Continue reading ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen – Mini Book Review

‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger – Book Review

Title: The Catcher in the Rye Author: JD Salinger Genre / Category: Modern Classic, Literary Fiction, Coming of Age Blurb from Goodreads The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his … Continue reading ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger – Book Review