‘Book Bites’ for Thursday 18th May 2017

Essay Prize 2017 shortlist revealed - Non-fiction essay publisher Notting Hill Editions have just revealed the 2017 shortlist for their biennial Essay Prize; a prize awarded to the best unpublished essay of between 2,000 and 8,000 words on any … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Self Inking

Self Inking, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. If you saw my earlier Cover Love post, then you will know that I'm celebrating Penguin Uk's, Penguin Ink collection today. How could I not then, post the only book I have in this series, The … [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...]

What’s Rob reading in January?

With my return to the business of full-time reading and reviewing beginning again tomorrow, I thought I’d open proceedings by giving you all a quick rundown on the literary delights that I’ve set up for myself to read during this first month of the … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Simplifying the GoodReads Experience

Simplifying the GoodReads Experience, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. OK, so there can’t be too many bibliophiles out there who DON’T love bookish social networking sites like Goodreads and LibraryThing , but who in all honesty enjoys … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 17th May 2010

Penguin launch luscious 75th anniversary website - So you all know that this year marks the 75th anniversary of Penguin Books, right? Well, regardless of whether you or you didn't, then might want to get yourself over to Penguin's shiny new 75th … [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...]

Reading Journal: Remainder of Week 6 2010

Well what a frustrating week last week turned out to be, at least reading-wise. A former client phoned up on Wednesday night looking for their online catalogue to be updated, and so I spent the remainder of last week doing just that, together with … [Read more...]

Forethoughts: The Education of a British-Protected Child by Chinua Achebe

And so I come to The Education of a British-Protected Child, a book penned by one of the real icons of African literature, Nigerian Chinua Achebe. Recently published in the UK on the 12th January 2010 by Allen Lane (an imprint of Penguin), this new … [Read more...]

On The Radar: Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, Trevor’s repackaged short stories and Miller’s only novel

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