The Review: The Bell by Iris Murdoch (1958)

Title: The Bell Author: Iris Murdoch Date Of Version Reviewed: 1981 Publisher: Triad/Granada RRP: £1.95 (original price) ISBN: 0-586-044272 The Positives… I find Iris Murdoch’s work mesmerising… The Bell was the first Murdoch novel I had read, never been familiar with her work I thought I would give it a go on the off chance of it being…

The Review – Hard Times by Charles Dickens (1854)

Title: Hard Times Author: Charles Dickens Date Of Version Reviewed: 2015 Publisher: Alma Classics Ltd RRP: £4.99 ISBN: 978-1-84749-488-7 What the book is about… In Hard Times, Dickens illustrates the condition of England through the fictional city of Coketown. Among its inhabitants are Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian headmaster who attempts to impose his rigid worldview on his family…

The Review: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Title: Robinson Crusoe Author: Daniel Defoe Date Of Version Reviewed: 1994 Publisher: Puffin Classics RRP: £3.99 What the book is about… Impulsive young man Robinson Crusoe takes a voyage with his crew setting sail from Brazil. Upon crashing the crew all perish except one; Crusoe himself. We following Robinson as he negotiates his inner turmoil and loss…

The Review – Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen (1813)

Title: Pride and Prejudice Author: Jane Austen Date Of Version Reviewed: 2006 Publisher: Penguin Classics RRP: £4.99/$9.99 CAN ISBN: 0-141-02810-6 What the book is about…  Lizzy’s embarrassing mother is determined to pair her off as soon as possible. But when she is introduced to the highly eligible bachelor Darcy, Lizzy decides he is far too aloof…

The Review – The Woman In White – By Wilkie Collins (1860)

Title: The Woman In White Author: Wilkie Collins Date of Version Reviewed: 2007 Publisher: Vintage RRP: £5.99 ISBN: 9-780099-511243 What the book is about… Marian and her sister Laura live a quiet life under their uncle’s guardianship until Laura’s marriage to Sir Percival Glyde. Sir Percival is a man of many secrets – is one…

The Review – The Old Man And The Sea – Ernest Hemingway (1952)

  Title: The Old Man And The Sea Author: Ernest Hemingway Date Of Version Reviewed: 1999 Publisher: Vintage RRP: £5.99 ISBN: 0-09-927396-9 What the book is about… Set in the Gulf Stream off the coast of Havana, Hemingway’s magnificent fable is the story of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish. It…

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 – The Collector – John Fowles

What the book is about… Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must…