70 Reviews: 5. Innocent House by P.D. James (Pocket Penguins) #review

Whereas the other volumes covered so far in this boxset series have worked well as stand-alones, this one is definitely a teaser and I’m going to hunting out the complete novel, Original Sin, as soon as I’ve finished this review. And here comes reading-confession-time again – this is the first time I’ve read a PD … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 5. Innocent House by P.D. James (Pocket Penguins) #review

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70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

I had read some of Camus’ novels (in translation – my GCSE French textbook, the marvellous Tricolor, didn’t cover existential thought) and loved them. I had not, however, spent much time with his essays. This is another brilliant thing about this Penguin boxset challenge – I’m reading things I might otherwise have passed over because … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 4. Summer in Algiers by Albert Camus (Pocket Penguins) #review

Nicole Harkin’s Tilting #BlogBlitz #Review

I guess that everyone has a moment in their childhood when they suddenly realise that what is normal in their house doesn’t necessarily happen in other homes. Usually this is something minor, something that ultimately becomes a familiar routine or in-joke. However, for some, this realisation can be more stark, more defining in terms of … Continue reading Nicole Harkin’s Tilting #BlogBlitz #Review

70 Reviews: 2. Cogs in the Great Machine by Eric Schlosser (Pocket Penguins)

An extract from his 2001 Fast Food Nation, Book 2 in the Penguin 70s collection is a damning exposé of safety practices in the meat industry of rural America. An investigative journalist, Schlosser has used his words to lay bare the mistreatment of workers and the abuses of power within this section of the mass-market … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 2. Cogs in the Great Machine by Eric Schlosser (Pocket Penguins)

70 Reviews: 1. Lady Chatterley’s Trial (Pocket Penguins)

Published to celebrate Penguin's 70th birthday, this collection has moved houses with us three times. Up until now, I’m ashamed to say it has remained largely unread. But now I’m going to be reviewing one a week, and I’m really looking forward to dipping into such a varied diet. First up is a set of … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 1. Lady Chatterley’s Trial (Pocket Penguins)

Robert Seethaler’s The Tobacconist (2016)

From the outset, we’re aware of a dry observational humour running throughout this devastating novel. A prominent local business man, with a tendency to be generous towards the women he’s sleeping with, dies in a thunderstorm. We’re told that ‘a conspicuous number of black-veiled women gathered around the grave.’ Franz’s mother is among the many … Continue reading Robert Seethaler’s The Tobacconist (2016)