When Books Save your Life

You certainly did not have to be a poet or an intellectual to be suppressed, threatened or murdered by fascism or communism – but it helped.    Dressed for a Dance in the Snow by Monika Zgustova is the somewhat euphemistic title describing the lives of nine female survivors of the gulag;   stories of those who […]

#The Wild Silence. A Review of Raynor Winn’s sequel to #The Salt Path

The Wild Silence is the second book by Raynor Winn, author, naturalist, homelessness expert

First of all a big shout out to Son of Rune (the elder) for the amazing transformation of the design of this blog.  Thank you. The Wild Silence is Raynor Winn’s second book which covers the time from her and her husband Moth’s return home (where is home?) to the writing of the book and […]

4 Books on the Power of Transcendence and Vision in a Divided World

I shall be leaving fiction for a while and returning to non-fiction, specifically philosophy and biography.    Here is a list of four books that I shall be reading and reviewing over the coming weeks.  Wild Silence Raynor Winn (author) Hardback (03 Sep 2020) | English I am beyond excited to be awaiting my copy of […]

Inspirations for Spring: Travel in a Time of Quarantine

Although we are all locked down  in our homes, our apartments, our lofts and rooms, travel books are a way to free ourselves without getting stopped by the police! Here are three of my all time top traveller/writers whose lives inspire me as well as their writing. *** Patrick Leigh Fermor  (1915-2011) Not many travel […]

Pussy Riot – voices of protest in the new revolution

Lacking nothing of courage and determination to fight for human rights,  comes this book  Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina a member of the collective Pussy Riot, a new generation of Russian dissidents who made world headlines when in 2012 they performed, a punk rock song in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in support of […]

2019 goodbye to all that …

As 2020 is upon us,  here is a brief look at some of the titles I reviewed in 2019. I would like to wish everyone a Happy – and not at all volatile – New Year. January I looked at Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant: “Are national memories related to individual memories and if not […]

Always Winter, never Christmas: The Hero’s Journey to The Ivory Towers

Review of #Becoming C.S. Lewis:  A Biography of young Jack Lewis (1898-1918) (Crossway)  Harry Lee Poe This biography of C.S. Lewis (1898-1918) covers the formative years:  his childhood, his mother’s untimely death, family relationships with especial emphasis placed on the rather miserable scool years  in a place called Wynyards, which thankfully doesn’t exist any more,  […]

Read this book and never touch a computer or smartphone again

#Permanent Record by Edward Snowden Who out there has not heard of Snowden?   Few I imagine.  He is the NSA and CIA worker who blew the whistle  on the massive surveillance dragnet that the US government (the UK as well and every other government that has access to a terminal) perpetrates routinely on its private […]