Book Review: The White Tiger

The White Tiger is Aravind Adiga’s acclaimed debut novel which won the 2008 Booker Prize. An interesting take on the rags-to-riches story, its greatest achievements are its portrait of modern India from bottom to top and its powerful political statement; created without making the reader feel they are reading a political novel. In The White Tiger,…

Book Review: The Mill on the Floss

The Mill on the Floss is described as Eliot’s most autobiographical novel for its portrayal of a complex relationship between a brother and sister. It is the story of a young woman’s struggle for growth and independence against the restraints of small country life, domineering family and unsuitable suitors. Mr and Mrs Tulliver enjoy a…

Book Review: Why I Am Not a Christian

Why I Am Not a Christian is a collection of essays by one of the twentieth centuries most celebrated philosophers. To judge this book by its provocative title would be a mistake as it would deny you the treasures within. Why I Am Not a Christian is not what I expected and was full of…

August Book Buys and Author Signings

As well as making some new book acquisitions in August, I had the opportunity to have books signed by Yann Martel, Justin Cronin and AC Grayling! I had no new additions in July. Followers may recall my family and I moved house when I posted on the great book reorganisation that involved. All the time,…

Book Review: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Thus Spoke Zarathustra is perhaps Nietzsche’s most enduringly well-read work with non-academics. In it, Nietzsche chooses to express his ideas through the voice of the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra (aka Zoroaster). Nietzsche says in Ecce Homo that he chose Zarathustra as the voice for his philosophy because Zarathustra was the first to see within the…