Into the world of Wodehouse…

What with elements of social media becoming more and more a den of despair of late, and my regular reading turning somewhat morbid (Alphonse Daudet’s In The Land of Pain and Katie Roiphe’s The Violet Hour to name but two - both extraordinary titles, … [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...]

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...]

Journeying through the Constellation of Genius

A book that I had a great fondness for last year but never got to spend a lot of time with, was Kevin Jackson’s Constellation of Genius (Hutchinson). Coming with the premise that 1922 was the ‘annus mirabilis’ of the modernist movement - mainly … [Read more...]

Introducing ‘Totally Fitzgerald’, an F Scott Fitzgerald reading project

Back in February/March you barely heard a peep from me, and for good reason. You see I had become totally absorbed with an author. I go through stages like this in my life, when I hook onto something - not always literature-related - and become so … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Karl Lagerfeld’s Parisian Studio

I was so excited that my Bookshelf of the Week feature was returning to RobAroundBooks this week that I couldn't wait until its usual slot (Wednesday) to bring it to you. And part of the reason for this is because of the glorious subject matter I've … [Read more...]

What’s Rob reading in January?

With my return to the business of full-time reading and reviewing beginning again tomorrow, I thought I’d open proceedings by giving you all a quick rundown on the literary delights that I’ve set up for myself to read during this first month of the … [Read more...]

On The Radar: Improving the craft, writer’s notebooks, New York, and European fiction

“On the Radar” provides small incidental rundowns on books which I’ve discovered, but haven’t yet purchased. These are titles which I’ve either added to my wishlist, or am keeping a close eye on with a view to adding them. In addition, these are … [Read more...]

Rob Reports: Simon Van Booy and Kevin Barry at EdBookFest 2010

And so after weeks of bombarding you with uncontainable excitement, the day finally dawned when I would get to see one of my contemporary literary heroes ‘in the flesh’, along with another short story writer who has fast gained my respect. That’s … [Read more...]