The Review: Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim (1995)

****WARNING**** Content in this blog may contain ‘trigger’ material for those who have experienced abuse. Please be aware that it is not intended to cause alarm however the review does draw upon themes that are included in the novel reviewed. Title: Mysterious Skin Author: Scott Heim Date Of Version Reviewed: 2005 Publisher: Harper Perennial RRP: £7.99 ISBN: 9-780060-841690…

The Review – A Boy’s Own Story – By Edmund White

Title: A Boy’s Own Story Author: Edmund White Date Of Version Reviewed: 1983 Publisher: Pan Books Ltd (Picador) RRP: £5.99 ISBN: 0-330-28151-8 What the book is about… Originally published in 1982 as the first of Edmund White’s trilogy of autobiographical novels, A Boy’s Own Story became an instant classic for its pioneering portrayal of homosexuality….

The Review – The Sheltering Sky – By Paul Bowles (1949)

Title: The Sheltering Sky Author: Paul Bowles Date Of Version Reviewed: 2000 Publisher: The Penguin Group RRP: £7.99 ISBN: 9-780-14118-1912 What the book is about… ‘After ten years of marriage, Kit and Port Moresby have drifted apart and are sexually estranged. Avoiding the chaos of Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War, they…

The Review – Darkness Visible – By William Golding (1979)

Title: Darkness Visible Author: William Golding Date of Edition Reviewed:2013 RRP: £8.99 ISBN: 9-780571-298570 What the book is about… Darkness Visible opens at the height of the London blitz, when a naked child steps out of an all-consuming fire. Miraculously saved yet hideously scarred, soon tormented at school and work, Matty becomes a wanderer, a…

The Review – The Haunting of Hill House – By Shirley Jackson

Title: The Haunting of Hill House Author: Shirley Jackson Date Of Version Reviewed: 2009 Publisher: The Penguin Group RRP: £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-141-19144-7 What the book is about… “Alone in the world, Eleanor is delighted to take up Dr Montague’s invitation to spend a summer in the mysterious Hill House. Joining them are Theodora, an artistic…

Reader’s Companions – Guides to the Best Novels

Ever wonder what to read next? I am forever looking at the huge number of novels clogging up my shelves… Do I go for a detective novel in the vein of Sherlock Holmes? Shall I delve into the towering epic of War and Peace? What about a mainstream thriller from someone like James Patterson or…

The Reviewer’s Author Biography – J.D Salinger

Name: Jerome David Salinger Date of Birth: 1st January 1919 Date of Death: 27th January 2010, Natural Causes Genre: Literary Influences: Ernest Hemingway, Sherwood Anderson, Ring Lardner, Scott Fitzgerald Well Known Books: The Catcher In The Rye (CITR 1951), Franny and Zooey (1961), For Esme – with Love and Squalor (1950), The Young Folks (1940),…

The Best of the Best! – 10/10 Rated

This is THE list of lists from The Reviewer… Making the ’10/10′ rating is not an easy feat. Given the level of writing/performance of those on the list, I hope you agree that the following is the ‘best of’ novels and performing arts (including movies, wrestling events and theatre). The criteria for the highest rating…

The Review – The Catcher In The Rye – J.D Salinger (1951)

Title: The Catcher In The Rye Author: JD Salinger Date Of Version Reviewed: 2010 Publisher: The Penguin Group RRP: £8.99 ISBN:978-0-241-95043-2 What the book is about… Holden Caulfield takes us through a journey of teenage angst, wending us through his troubled school life, trials and tribulations of his adolescence. Young Holden [aged 17] introduces the…

The Review – Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (1937)

Title: Of Mice And Men Author: John Steinbeck Date Of Version Reviewed: 2000 Publisher: The Penguin Group RRP: £8.99 UK, $16.99 CAN ISBN: 978-0-141-18510-1 One of the most heavily criticised winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Steinbeck has gone down in history as one of the most taught authors in both the United Kingdom…

The Review – To Kill A Mocking Bird – by Harper Lee (1960)

Title: To Kill A Mocking Bird Author: Harper Lee Date Of Version Reviewed: 2010 Publisher: Arrow Books RRP: £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-09-954948-2 Nelle Harper Lee was born to a newspaper editor turned lawyer and his wife on 28th April 1926, in Monroeville Alabama. Her father, before becoming a title lawyer, defended two black men accused of…