Review: Piano from a 4th Storey Window – Jenny Morton Potts

I have read quite a few books based in Brighton from Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock to the police procedural thrillers of Peter James. Robert Dickinson presented a dystopian vision of a Brighton of the future in which social order had disintegrated (The Noise of Strangers), and Robert Rankin described a Brighton Zodiac with carriageway constellations […]

Review: Olivia Laing – To the River

To the River is an unusual book, combining local and literary history, a walking journal, meditations on the topic of rivers and water, and a hefty amount of biographical material about Virginia Woolf. The author, Olivia Laing, walked the Ouse Path during a time of great personal sadness, soon after she had broken up with […]

Review: A Sussex Kipling – David Arscott

I’m diverging from my usual topics today to publish something that is of mainly local interest to those who live in the county of Sussex in the South of England.

My own history with Sussex goes back a long time. I first moved to the county at the age of 23 when I took a […]

Review: The Four Men – Hilaire Belloc

I rarely write about out-of-print books, the focus of A Common Reader being primarily modern literature and European literature in recent translation. However, I recently found myself turning once again to an old favourite on my shelves, The Four Men, and felt it was worth writing about.

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was one of the most […]