Friday, March 19, 2010

Triffic Chocolate by Alan MacDonald

A book dedicated to the history and all other things chocolate. A lovely fun read, given to mum by Douglas Cave (the 12/13 year old who produced our website). Gives you a very easy and digestible insight into chocolate.


Now I'm going to try reading The Book Thief, on loan from Katy. (Is this a new feature on the blog - a trailer of the next review?)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Indignation by Philip Roth

Thanks for the loan of this Sarah. An excellent book by a very skilled author. Clever, funny in parts, sad in parts and with some story twist which take you by surprise. Does he write anything which is not from an American jewish perspective? I'll read more of his stuff.


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Bright Blue by Rabbi Lionel Blue

A collection of some of Lionel Blue's talks on Thought For The Day. OK - some gems but many ordinary talks. And not quite the same as hearing him on radio 4 on Friday morning when you are on your way to work.


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

My third time, I think, of reading this. And I'd forgotten how perfect it is. You may not like Hemingway's books or his macho male image but this book is an exercise in writing perfection. His other books are not like this, but this is 100 pages with not a sentence wasted or unfocussed or extraneous. Even if you don't like the story he has composed a bit of literary perfection. Did I go over the top?