‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

I often avoid "inspirational books" but I heard so many people I respect recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear', that I decided to give it a go. I found Gilbert's story fascinating, especially her reflections and experiences after writing Eat, Pray, Love (which I haven't read by the way) and ironically, found … Continue reading ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Over Hill and Dale’ by Gervase Phinn

  I'd already read The Little Village School and so I knew I was in for a sweet read when I downloaded Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn. Gervase Phinn was a school inspector and this series of books, he weaves anecdotes together to create beautiful stories that have the innocence and charm of … Continue reading ‘Over Hill and Dale’ by Gervase Phinn

‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark

I call this type of books "cozy reading" - they're not hard work too read, they usually don't shake me emotionally and I know some of the characters are going to make me feel warm. And I always laugh when I read Muriel Spark and enjoy her social commentary. 'A Far Cry from Kensington' is … Continue reading ‘A Far Cry from Kensington’ by Muriel Spark

‘Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5’ by Stella Rimington

I love crime stories, detective books and spy novels. I've read quite a few of Stella Rimington's novels featuring Liz Carlyle and so it was about time that I found out more about the author herself. So here are my favourite quotes from 'Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5'. Of course … Continue reading ‘Open Secret: The Autobiography of the Former Director-General of MI5’ by Stella Rimington

‘Misery’ by Stephen King

The first book I read by Stephen King was his non-fiction 'On Writing', which is quoted in every single book on writing. (I wrote about it here.) Following that, I decided to start reading some of his fiction, to see how he applied (or not) his own advice. I've liked some books more than others, … Continue reading ‘Misery’ by Stephen King

‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Books have just been accumulating in my Kindle. I finish them, I want to recommend them, write a little bit about them and share the passages I've marked. But it just never happens. I finished this book such a long time ago, and it's still sitting in my device, waiting... So, from today, I will … Continue reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan

Currently reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan 

I'm only on chapter 4, but I am already coming across some interesting quotes in Ian McEwan's "Nutshell", that I'd like to share with you. The story is told in first person by, get ready, the foetus in a woman's body, about to come into the world. The novel is a combination of domestic story … Continue reading Currently reading ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan 

Loved: Eleven by Mark Watson

ELEVEN is the second novel I've read by Mark Watson and I continue to be impressed by how much his own voice and personality disappear behind his writing: the mark of a true artist. What does remain are his warmth and un-pretentiousness (if there is such a word, which there probably isn't if I go … Continue reading Loved: Eleven by Mark Watson

The White Tiger and Last Man in Tower

I know very little about India and that's one of the main reasons why I really enjoy reading Aravind Adiga's books.The White Tiger drops you bang in the middle of contemporary India - in between city and village life; in between castes and lifestyles. The main character of the novel is an astute chauffeur determined … Continue reading The White Tiger and Last Man in Tower

El Quijote

I have now closed the Spanish Voiceover in London blog as I wasn't really paying it much attention. It only had a handful of blog posts. I quite like this one, which I wrote in Dec 2011, about a job I did reading El Quijote (an abridged version of course) and it goes quite well … Continue reading El Quijote

Currently Reading: Bullet Points by Mark Watson

I think Mark Watson is a fab, intelligent comedian. What makes him also a great author is that he writes with a completely different voice to his comic persona. Bullet Points is simple story about a psychiatrist in New York. Here is a quote I particularly liked. I suppose you can travel as much as … Continue reading Currently Reading: Bullet Points by Mark Watson

Book: The Luminous Life of Lily Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin

The thing with this book is that the author gets you to fall in love with Lily very early on, pretty much like every other character that meets her through the novel.Lily has a wonderfully transparent look: if you met her, you could probably look into her soul. But contrary to what the back cover … Continue reading Book: The Luminous Life of Lily Aphrodite by Beatrice Colin