‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 16th May 2017

In The Footsteps of Marcel Proust - It's somewhat befitting that director William Friedkin in this piece for the New York Times mentions devouring everything he can find on Marcel Proust, because ever since I took Monsieur P. into my heart, I've had … [Read more...]

Behind the Pen: John Steinbeck on the life and death sequence of book writing

I have always considered that while some writers must be glad to see the back of a book they're working on, most must feel quite sad and melancholic about coming to the end, and letting go of something they have devoted much time and effort to. They … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 21st September 2010

Paris Review website opens legendary 'Interviews' archives to all - I don't know if you've seen the snazzy new Paris Review website yet, but if not then you may well want to pop on over and have a gander. However, it's not the peachy new colour … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: When expectations are surpassed

When expectations are surpassed, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. I was delighted and not a little shocked on Sunday afternoon, to discover that Jay Parini - author of The Last Station (Canongate Books) - had published a John Steinbeck … [Read more...]

Reading Journal: Monday 8th March 2010

First of all, Hi! It's been a couple of weeks since I've had the pleasure of scribing a journal entry, and during that time I've read a number of bits and pieces - not as much as I normally would because the focus has been more on getting … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Brando Does Steinbeck

Brando Does Steinbeck, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. It's not often I stumble across a Steinbeck title when I'm rummaging around a 2nd-hand bookstore, but when I do it puts a smile on my face for days! I picked this one up last week. … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 4th March 2009

Penguin Podcasts make a welcome return - Penguin UK sent out a tweet today to let their followers know that their Penguin Podcasts have returned, and with a shiny new host too, in the shape of Hannah Flyn. So head on over to the dedicated Penguin … [Read more...]

Sweet Friday!

I should really apologise for the complete absence of any posts yesterday but I had a good 'bookish' reason. As promised in my 'Book Bites' post on Thursday, I was going to unashamedly put aside all my commitments so that I could celebrate John … [Read more...]

‘Shot of Short’ #25: The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck

Title: The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck Date Read: 27 February 2008 Available Online?: YES Briefly: Elisa Allen is working on the flower garden of her ranch in the Salinas Valley when her husband - happy at making a good deal with selling … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 26th Feb 2009

‘Netherland’ picks up PEN/Faulkner award for fiction - Joseph O'Neill’s novel Netherland has picked up this year’s prestigious PEN/Faulkner award for fiction, an accolade which pays homage to the best published fictional works by American authors in … [Read more...]