70 Reviews: 10. A Taste of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl (Pocket Penguins)

This is the second set of short stories I’ve read from the pocket Penguin collection in a week, and I have to confess that, self-confessed literary snob though I am, I preferred the Dahl collection to the Borges. I’d taught The Landlady a couple of times, and so the construction felt more blatant – prior … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 10. A Taste of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl (Pocket Penguins)

70 Reviews: 8. Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Tiffany’s – Marian Keyes (Pocket Penguins)

I'm a firm believer in every book having its day. I'd started this series of reviews back in June 2018, keen to work my way through Penguin's boxed 70th Birthday collection that doubles up as a doorstop. It's a brilliant set of reads, usually from longer books, that draws upon Penguin's long and varied history … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 8. Nothing Bad Ever Happens in Tiffany’s – Marian Keyes (Pocket Penguins)

70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

I’m thoroughly enjoying my trawl through my Penguin boxset, and no. 7 is such a joy to read. I’ve been under canvas for much of the summer, relying on shower blocks to maintain a slim sense of personal hygiene and wearing eight items of clothing on rotation, so this was the perfect book to bring … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 7. On Shopping by India Knight (Pocket Penguins) #review

70 Reviews: 6. The View From Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins (Pocket Penguins) #review

I’m so far out of my comfort zone with this one that the edge of the comfort zone is a dim hazy blur on the horizon. This, together with the fact that I suspect I have the ‘certain kind of literary mind’ that Dawkins takes a shot at in his second paragraph, means that I … Continue reading 70 Reviews: 6. The View From Mount Improbable by Richard Dawkins (Pocket Penguins) #review

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

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

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)