My thoughts on writing, books, reading and folklore.

March 4, 2019

I might have mentioned I’m beginning a Masters in Celtic Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. I’m very excited; nervous too given the strange state of my brain and mental health since whenever. It’ll be a challenge, quite different to what it might...

June 18, 2018

The next few weeks my blog will be about the books I've read. Recently, of course. It follows on from my thoughts on reading Jean Teule's 'The Poisoning Angel' last week, and will include the likes of 'Norse Mythology' by Neil Gaiman, 'Folk' by Zoe Gilbert, and some sh...

June 11, 2018

I enjoyed one of those wonderful events recently; you know the one, when you pick up a random book in the library and it turns out to be truly amazing. The book in question was 'The Poisoning Angel' by Jean Teulé; a donated book, and the library was in Sandy. It was a...

September 22, 2017


With some authors;

When you finish one of their works you have to give it time to settle in and 'become' before casting your immediate judgement, so to speak. Steinbeck is one of those authors.

I love his narrative and prose, of that there is no doubt....

February 6, 2017

Today I finished reading my first 'Poe'...

Heathen, you may say, but I am English. In England, teachers only ever teach you about English authors; at least that was what it was like in my youth. In fact, during a recent visit to my library in England, I was met by no...

January 23, 2017

The 39 Steps...

I love the movie and had never read the book. So there I am in the library and in among the classics I see it, a chance to improve my literary kudos. I was so excited. I couldn't wait to read it.

Never have I felt so let down.

It is testament to Hitc...

November 29, 2016

A short story or novelette ... take your pick.

My guess in the latter and I really quite enjoyed it. I picked it up in the local library because it is short and it only took an afternoon to read.

Set in the WWI trenches it explores the strange duality of murder and h...

October 17, 2016

I'm perplexed.

I love Du Maurier, her writing and the personal life she led, but for me 'The House on the Strand' is the weakest book or short story I have read of hers. And even so I found it really interesting in retrospect.

I shall try to explain, but can't g...

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