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...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Finca Vigía – Hemingway’s Cuban home

It’s no coincidence that I’ve chosen to feature Ernest Hemingway’s former Cuban home, Finca Vigía (literally translated as ‘Lookout Farm’ on account of its commanding views over a distant Havana), for this edition of Bookshelf of the Week. I recently … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March 2013

For a few months now I've been completely out of sorts with my reading. I've felt as though I've been merely going through the motions of reading without getting any real reading done. This has made me unfocused and completely unmotivated (I've a … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 18th May 2010

Melville House launch Moby Awards for Best and Worst Book Trailers - Love 'em or hate 'em book trailers are becoming more and more a common feature of our literary landscape these days. So much so that indy New York publisher Melville House have … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Heavenly Hemingway

Heavenly Hemingway, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. It would have been during the summer of last year that I was ambling around Ebay and stumbled across an amazing set of 10 Ernest Hemingway titles from Arrow Books (an imprint of Random … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Hemingway’s Secrets

Hemingway's Secrets, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. When people come to my home and ask me which book in my library is my most favourite, I invariably head towards my Hemingway section and pull down an aged and yellowed 1965 copy of … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Saturday 7th March 2009

Dodging ‘book missiles’ at the Shakespeare and Co Bookshop - In an article for the Guardian, Jeanette Winterson recounts a recent visit to the Shakespeare and Company Bookshop in Paris, and her warm interactions with its aged and long-term owner … [Read more...]

‘Shot of Short’ #13: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

Title: The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber by Ernest Hemingway Date Read: 17 October 2008 Available Online?: YES Briefly: Francis Macomber, on an African hunting trip with his wife, attempts to make amends for his cowardice in front of a … [Read more...]