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...]

Bookshelf of the Week: A Montaigne-esque personal library

The first person I thought of when I saw the subject for this week's Bookshelf of the Week was Michel de Montaigne, the celebrated sixteenth-century French nobleman, who is credited as being the founder of the modern personal essay. If the man were … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: The beauty of early Everyman’s Pt. 2

The beauty of early Everyman’s Pt. 2, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. As today's Daily Bookshot In yesterday's Daily Bookshot I featured a pair of early Everyman's Library volumes of Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution: A History. In … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: The beauty of early Everyman’s

The beauty of early Everyman's, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. OK, I admit that I'm a sucker for old books but when they look as gorgeous as this who can blame me? This is a two-volume set of Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution: A … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: On Montaigne and Essays…

On Montaigne and Essays..., originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Our ability to pick up and learn new things is of course amazing, but perhaps just as astonishing is how quickly we can manage to fall in love when we least expect it. Over the … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Tolstoy to Treasure

Tolstoy to Treasure, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Joy and jubilation at RobAroundBooks today as my eagerly anticipated 2 volume boxed-set of Leo Tolstoy's Collected Shorter Fiction from Everyman's Library arrived. Polythene wrapped … [Read more...]

On The Radar: A hot trio from Oneworld Classics, plus a title each from Mann and Hesse

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