When I moved to Egypt I was aware that I was moving to a country which was jam-packed with ancient history and which would keep me busy trying to see it all. And I mean all. However, there are some small gems that I never expected to find on my doorstep. You know, the kind… Continue reading BOOKMARKED: Naby Danyal, the Road of Reads
I made a commitment at the beginning of the year to read some nonfiction - not necessarily the dry, fact type but more the reflective or journalistic variety. When I listened to the 'The past is amongst us. Taking notes': nature writing with Kathleen Jamie and Laurie Lee' episode on The Guardian Book podcast, I… Continue reading Blurring Boundaries in Surfacing by Kathleen James
Full disclosure here: I love writing my book reviews. Analyzing as I read, highlighting relevant passages and exploring the Big Ideas in each one is where I get my jollies. But I have realized it is not enough. Quite often, I find that it is the world outside the book which informs your experience of… Continue reading Introducing… BOOKMARKED!
A review of China Mieville's novel, Perdido Street Station, considering how he explores the issue of class bias which reflects our own reality.
This review tells you why you should read Clouds Over Alexandria if you are thinking about visiting Egypt. A good blend between tragedy and historical fiction, it is an epic journey through 1970's Alexandria.
Initially, I picked up this book at the end of my masters degree. I didn't want to fall out of the habit of reading "high-brow" literature and just so happened to stumble across Megan Hunter's apocalypse narrative. It's published by Pan Macmillan and had a sufficiently artsy front cover so it seemed to fit the… Continue reading The End We Start From
First of all, I would like to state that I am absolutely furious. There is a certain kind of betrayal that is uniquely felt when you're forced back into the real world, after a couple of days submersed in a fictional reality, only to find that there is no sequel yet. Despite this disappointment, I… Continue reading Book Review: Serpent & Dove