Archives by Tag 'Time Travel'

Review: ‘My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time’ by Liz Jensen

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

After two distinctly disappointing reads I needed something that was sure to be good fun and not to take itself too seriously.  Thankfully my mammoth TBR pile is able to rise to any challenge, and after a quick flick through my library I settled on the wonderfully titled by Liz Jensen.  This book was first [...]

Review: ‘Human Croquet’ by Kate Atkinson

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Oxfam shop in my old university town used to sell bundles of three books tied up with string for £1.99.  I acquired Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson at some point in my final year as part of just such a bundle, along with Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty and A. S. Byatt’s Possession [...]

‘The Victorian Chaise-Longue’ by Marghanita Laski

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Although I’ve only read one book published by Persephone before now (the delightful Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day by Winifred Watson) this, combined with the numerous reviews I’ve read for books from this publisher on other blogs, has been sufficient to create a preconception in my mind of what a Persephone book will typically be like.  I expect them [...]

Review: ‘The Discovery of Chocolate’ by James Runcie

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, August 20, 2010

What delicious ingredients James Runcie has blended together in his first novel, The Discovery of Chocolate–a picaresque, time-travelling journey of self-discovery. Told by the Spaniard, Diego de Godoy, accompanied by his faithful greyhound Pedro, Diego wanders the world, like Don Quixote bereft of his Dulcinea, in search of his beloved Ignacia–and the perfect chocolate.  (Goodreads [...]