Top Ten: Book to Film Adaptations

You know I love films and I love books, so it kind of follows that I love films based on books. Sometimes the adaptations are quite poor and disappointing (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), much less often they improve on the source material (anything based on a Tom Clancy book) but just sometimes a great book leads to a great film…

Was Jane Austen Murdered?

Jane Austen, author of classic books including Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility, died in 1817 at the age of just 41. Since then there has been much speculation about the cause of death with suggestions including Addison’s Disease, Hodgkin’s Lymphona and Bovine Tuberculosis. The latest theory comes from crime novelist Lindsay Ashford is that the author died of arsenic poisoning, very possibly deliberately administered…

Pride and Prejudice

It is a truth universally acknowledged that book reviewers in need of a quirky and unique opening always turn to Jane Austen thinking they are being oh so funny and clever. Thank God I would never stoop to such cheap cliches….

World Book Night 2012

World Book Night is an opportunity for those of us who love books to share our passion with those who may not be such big reading fans. In just one night 1 million books are distributed by over 20,000 ‘givers’ – a great celebration of adult literature..

Top Ten: Books To Read This Year

Like many avid readers I have a huge pile of books still to be read. Some have been sent to me for review, some have been presents and others I bought myself. I’m currently observing a book-buying moratorium – no more books until I can get through a good chunk of my to-be-read list…