Windham Campbell Prizes: The Art of the Essay

Windham Campbell Prizes have kindly made available a recent 'Art of the Essay' panel discussion, recorded at their 2015 Festival, featuring three leading contemporary essayists (and two of my favourites). The discussion between Anne Fadiman, John … [Read more...]

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...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 11th February 2013

Sylvia Plath reads Lady Lazurus - On this, the 50th anniversary of Sylvia Plath's death, the Open Culture website points to a 1962 BBC recording of Plath reading her poem, Lady Lazurus. The 50 most influential books by women? - On the Guardian … [Read more...]

New imprint sets out to revive the published essay

If you're a fan of the essay like me, then you'll know that sources are very limited, especially in a printed, hard-copy printed kind of way. But it looks like the salvation may be just around the corner in the form of Notting Hill Editions, an … [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...]