A man who eats books for breakfast. And has more for dinner and tea. Kate @Kateshrewsday
… the most-perfectly-attuned-to-my-needs book blog I’ve ever seen. Lucy Mangan, author of Bookworm: a memoir of childhood reading
… entertaining, elucidating, and certainly covering “the world of ideas”! Lizzie Ross lizzierosswriter.com
… a fantastically interesting and intelligent review. Bookwitch.wordpress.com
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Exploring the world of ideas through books is the strapline, and that’s pretty much what I intend to do. Each review or discussion is intended as a critique encapsulating assessment, appraisal and appreciation, all in one. My hope is that the posts will, through their interior monologues, stimulate dialogue from readers, so feel free to agree or disagree about my assessments or add your own thoughts about the books reviewed here.
Incidentally, many of the reviews I post may well have appeared elsewhere (LibraryThing, Goodreads, Amazon, or in print) but may have added content or, indeed, be completely recast.
The warning triangle with the unicorn was inspired by a defaced roadsign on the road into St Davids in Wales; I really liked the suggestion that the traveller from the east was entering into some kind of fantasyland. The same warning could equally apply to this review blog.
I’ve had a career in music — teaching, performing, accompanying, adjudicating. At the same time I pursued leisure interests in history, archaeology and mythology, having edited an Arthurian journal (called Pendragon) for many years. Once I had more time on my hands I decided to start a blog to keep a track of what I’ve been reading and, occasionally, what I read some time ago. I do try to post regularly and — a bonus to potential followers — reply to pretty much all comments made!
Minutiae, Zenrinji, Pendragonry and @calmgrove
Do also have a look at my other occasional blogs: MyNewShy was my photoblog, now superseded by its homophone Minutiae looking at minutiae (as the name implies), while Zenrinji posts occasional micropoetry and flash fiction. Articles on Arthurian matters can be found at Pendragonry. And check out @calmgrove on Twitter for more on exploring the world of ideas through books.
I try to credit images wherever possible. Uncredited images tend to be either public domain or my own photos: if you intend to reuse my photos or images I would appreciate a credit and/or link