Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Assassination of Robert Maxwell

Haven't bothered with the authors' names. Lent to me by Rob Fox. Expected it to be poor but in fact it was a good read - if you enjoy conspiracy theory books by newpaper reporters. Was it all conspiracy theory or good investigation leading to the truth (which is fantastic and larger than life - as Maxwell himself was)? Dunno.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Have been meaning to read this for ages ever since I read another book (can't remember which) based on the story. Virginia Woolf writes in a very strange way so I didn't find it easy to read...probably the sort of book you study for A level or something.....long sentences describing people's thoughts. The "story" is about one day when Mrs Dalloway is preparing to have a society party. Other people enter into the story as she shops in London, including a boyfriend from when she was young. However if you're looking for lots of action, give it a miss!

Friday, November 06, 2009

Till we meet again by Lesley Pearse

This was this month's book club book....believe me there is no other reason why I would have read it! The Daily Mail and Hello recommend it so I don't need to say more. It's about two childhood friends who meet in adult life...one is a lawyer; the other has just murdered two people. It didn't have a dramatic effect on my life.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis

My second consecutive book about teenage angst and sex (lots of sex!) in the 1960s. And my second Martin Amis book. A good and pretty quick read, very evocative of teenage angst (including sex) in any era. But the storyteller in this and my previous Amis has been upper class, moving in a wide ranging circle of people. Can M Amis not write from any other perspective? I'll try Time's Arrow (on Sarah's recommendation).