Ten ‘Unique’ Book Titles

Todays Top Ten topic from The Broke and the Bookish is about unique book titles. But what constitutes ‘unique’? After all, how many well-known books share the same title as another book? It probably happens more often than we think because many books have simple titles of a common location or object (eg The Beach,…

Fatherland by Robert Harris [A Review]

Fatherland was Robert Harris’ bestselling debut. The interest in it is perfectly understandable; it promises an intriguing combination of a murder mystery in the fascinating setting of post-War Berlin – where Germany has won the war. A body has washed up on a riverbank near Berlin, Germany. It is soon identified as Josef Bühler, a…

Four Books That ‘Changed’ Me

One of the pullout magazines that comes with my Sunday paper has a regular feature called ‘Books That Changed Me’. Usually they invite a local author to nominate four books and say a little about them. I thought I might attempt the same, though it is hard to think of four books that genuinely ‘changed’…

Genius by James Gleick [A Review]

We no longer have the words to describe Richard Feynman. ‘Brilliant’, ‘unique’ and ‘enigmatic’ do not serve him. Even the word ‘genius’ may have lost its power to describe him. Nevertheless, Genius is the title of James Gleick’s biography of the remarkable Richard Feynman. As the power of the word has depreciated through overuse, the…

Ten Books I Would Love to Reread

Some people say life is too short to finish bad books. It’s also too short to read all the books you want to, even if they were all good. It’s also too short to go back to the ones you loved and read them again. Then there are the ones you thought were bad, but…