And so it resumes….

Well, it’s been quite some time since my words last graced the virtual pages of this website. But here words are, and with them comes the affirmation that RobAroundBooks is back in business. A lot of water may have passed under the bridge since I … [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...]

Rob Reports: Sarah Churchwell @ EdBookFest 2013

The spirit of the great F. Scott Fitzgerald was very much alive at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this past weekend, when Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of … [Read more...]

Totally Fitzgerald: Retyping The Great Gatsby

Well, today sees the UK cinema launch of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. For weeks now we’ve been bombarded with all of the hype, the interviews, the shiny pictures and video footage of the film, and unless you’ve … [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...]

(Almost) Daily Bookshot: Foiled Fitzgerald

Foiled Fitzgerald, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I recently received this delicious object from my daughter as a Christmas present, and it is one of the finest looking books I've ever had pleasure of owning. For those who don't know, … [Read more...]

‘Shot of Short’ #16: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Title: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald Date Read: 18 January 2008 Available Online?: YES Briefly: Excited at the birth of his new son, Mr. Roger Button (a businessman of significant standing in Antebellum Baltimore), … [Read more...]

Short Story Recommendation – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F Scott Fitzgerald

Call me ill-educated but I had no idea that a new movie doing the rounds at the moment, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, is a loose adaptation of a Fitzgerald short. Once I became informed of that fact I went in search of the … [Read more...]

On My Shelves: My latest additions

Tuesdays are "On My Shelves" day and today I thought I'd give a quick run through of latest additions to my bookshelves. Most are older 2nd-hand titles, but all are important additions to my collection. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - Weighing … [Read more...]