‘Now We Are Five’ by David Sedaris

Story Title: 'Now We Are Five' by David Sedaris. Source: New Yorker website Date Read: 29th October 2013 Afterthoughts: There I was midway through David Sedaris' latest essay collection, Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (Abacus Publishing) and … [Read more...]

Typing my way to the heart of Joseph Mitchell

It's something of a coincidence that Joseph Mitchell was featured in the Guardian at the weekend (and most gloriously may I add), because not less than a week ago I finally took receipt of a 1992 first edition hardback copy of Mitchell's finest … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 24th May 2010

Bakewell 'bigs it up' for Montaigne (in parts) - Although you've yet to see a review on RobAroundBooks of Sarah Bakewell's awesomely stupendous (and lengthily titled) How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer … [Read more...]

Daily Bookshot: Evangelising Joseph Mitchell

Evangelising Joseph Mitchell, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock. Now anyone who knows me, or reads RobAroundBooks on a regular basis, would know I have absolute reverence for John Steinbeck (I even named my dog after him for God sakes :)). … [Read more...]

31 Shots of Shock: #31 – ‘The Fountain House’ by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

*Title: The Fountain House by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya Date Read: 31 October 2009 Available Online?: YES (courtesy of The New Yorker) Briefly: Following an explosion on a bus, a mother and father are told that their fifteen-year old daughter, … [Read more...]