Review: How to Read a Novel – John Sutherland

I’ve always enjoyed reading books about reading and have a few on my shelves (not least the excellent, A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel). Margaret heard John Sutherland talking about How to Read a Novel on the radio, and when she told me about it, I decided to see what it was like, and […]

Review: At Large and Small – Anne Fadiman

I first came across Anne Fadiman some years ago via her book of reflections on reading Ex Libris. I enjoyed that little book more than its size would suggest, and when I read a review of At Large and Small I was intrigued enough to buy a copy. I found that it contains a collection […]

Review: The Emergence of Memory – Lynne Sharon Schwartz

This book, The Emergence of Memory, consists of conversations with, and essays upon, the German writer W G Sebald, author of Austerlitz, Vertigo, The Emgrants, and Rings of Saturn. When W G Sebald died in a car accident in 2001, after publishing just four books, his readers felt both a huge sense of loss, and […]