Not Welsh Enough – reading Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower

My relationship with my home country is complicated, and it always has been. Growing up in the Swansea Valley, I was always aware that I wasn’t entirely Welsh, not in the way my school friends were anyway. Mum came from Lancashire and I’ve written elsewhere on this blog about how I romanticised our holidays to … Continue reading Not Welsh Enough – reading Iain Sinclair’s Black Apples of Gower

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

Books for a Year, Part 1: Christopher Somerville’s The January Man

Taking its overall structure from the lyrics of Dave Goulder’s folk song, 'The January Man', Christopher Somerville leads his reader on walks through the British Landscape, choosing his locations according to the seasons. Starting in January, ‘Oh the January Man, he walks abroad in woollen coat and boots of leather …’, he reunites with a … Continue reading Books for a Year, Part 1: Christopher Somerville’s The January Man