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...]

Constellation of Genius: Agatha Christie’s THE SECRET ADVERSARY

Given how well read I like to think I am, it may come as a shock to some to hear that I’ve never once wandered the literary landscape of Agatha Christie (Gasp! Horror!). Sure, I know well enough of her literary output but I’ve never read any of her … [Read more...]

Constellation of Genius: Erich von Stroheim’s silent cinema epic, Foolish Wives

I thought it would take a bit of effort and fortitude to sit through two and a half hours of silent 1922 cinema, but actually it turned out to be an enjoyable experience. The film in question was Erich von Stroheim’s Foolish Wives, and I was watching … [Read more...]

Tom Wolfe giveaway: And the winner is….

Well folks, my Tom Wolfe SIGNED novel giveaway, as supported by the good folks at abebooks.co.uk, has come to an end and it's time to do that thing I hate doing around giveaways/competitions and announce a winner. It's not the announcing a winner … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: Martha Gellhorn on what journalism gave her

In previous posts I've used my 'Behind the Pen' feature on RobAroundBooks solely for interviews. However, moving forward I want to share and discuss more about the beautiful minds who gift us their words. And so I'm expanding this feature to include … [Read more...]

READING… by candlelight

‘READING..’ is a new feature that I’m bringing to RobAroundBooks in which I explore the very act of reading, and the ways in which the experience can be enhanced and enriched. In the first of this series I’m looking at reading by candlelight, and the … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Dig by Cynan Jones

Although The Dig (Granta Books) from Welsh author Cynan Jones is newly published, I’m not unfamiliar with it, or at least part of it. You see, back in February 2013 I read a short story by Mr. Jones that was shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG … [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...]

Book Booty: Win a SIGNED copy of Tom Wolfe’s BACK TO BLOOD

As RobAroundBooks returns to active service in this new year, I want to start as I mean to go on by giving you, my beautiful readers, the opportunity to bag one the most delicious prizes I’ve ever had the pleasure of offering. That prize is a signed … [Read more...]