Forethoughts: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

My first experience reading David Sedaris came about six years ago when I picked up Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim. It was second-hand copy, and I remember when I bought it in a charity shop in Perth (Scotland). It’s the one that has a cover … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Art of the Personal Essay

Aside from the fact that essays get so little attention in the reviewing world, there are two reasons why I choose to focus on this literary form at RobAroundBooks. The first came about because of my adoration for the 'father of the essay', Michel de … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: At Large and At Small by Anne Fadiman

Anyone who has read Anne Fadiman's debut essay collection Ex Libris (Allen Lane), will know what a great essayist she is. The collection, which pays homage to Fadiman’s love of the printed word, is beautifully penned and the reader is left in no … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe

And so I come to The Education of a British-Protected Child, a book penned by one of the real icons of African literature, Nigerian Chinua Achebe. Recently published in the UK on the 12th January 2010 by Allen Lane (an imprint of Penguin), this new … [Read more...]