Bookshelf of the Week: Hospital book cart, 1928

With Bookshelf of the Week making its welcome return, I thought I'd hit you with something not only vintage but a little quirky too. I'm sure many of you will have already seen this image captured in 1928, but I think it's worth showing again if … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award shortlist revealed - Alas, I've not had the time or the focus to be able to get behind one of my favourite short story awards this year, but that doesn't stop me giving you the heads up on the freshly announced … [Read more...]

Constellation of Genius: March-ing on

You may remember I announced last month that I was picking up the reigns once more on my journey through Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson), taking in that which I had set up in March 2014 before personal circumstances forced me to … [Read more...]

Robservations addendum: Tesson adds strength to the notion of ‘overreading’

In a kind of addendum to my “Robservations” essay in which I suggest with the help of nineteenth-century German philosopher Schopenhauer and French philosopher and spiritual writer, Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges that reading too many books is bad for … [Read more...]

Constellation of Genius: The Journey continues…

On this, the anniversary of James Joyce’s birthday (and indeed the publication of his most famous novel, Ulysses), it is perhaps most timely that I announce the recommencement of my ‘Journeying through the Constellation of Genius’ project, which you … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: John Steinbeck on the life and death sequence of book writing

I have always considered that while some writers must be glad to see the back of a book they're working on, most must feel quite sad and melancholic about coming to the end, and letting go of something they have devoted much time and effort to. They … [Read more...]

Rob Reports: Spoken Word Sundays – The Appletree Writers at The Fringe

I took time out of Charlotte Square yesterday to go and visit the Appletree Writers in one of their ‘Spoken Word Sundays’ events, which are running on three consecutive weekends during the Fringe Festival. Formed in 2012, the Appletree Writers are … [Read more...]

Site News: Returning from silence, an apology

Dear all, Before I get back into a full-on posting schedule on RobAroundBooks, I feel I should say a little something about the past few months. I don’t usually go in for these ’navel gazing’ kind of posts - mainly because I consider them … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Norman Mailer on the influences of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner

Remarkably, Dwayne Raymond’s Mornings with Mailer (Harper Perennial) has sat untouched on my bookshelf for four years. Or rather it had done until I randomly picked it up on Friday and began reading it. This tender and intimate memoir, which recalls … [Read more...]

Journeying through the Constellation of Genius: Into February…

And so we move into February which signals a new stage for me on my journey through 1922, guided by Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson). Although distracted massively in January due to family matters, I still managed to read and … [Read more...]