Neil Rathmell – writer

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A Reader’s Diary, 26 March 2014

Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary fails for me because Tóibín fails to give Mary a voice. Instead of letting her speak for herself, as first person narrator of his … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Reader’s Diary – 12 February 2014

I am still reading Kilvert’s Diary a little at a time, which is I think the way it should be read, and keep coming across little gems of descriptive prose, … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Mussel Feast

People travel more easily than books. You can get by on your holiday with a phrase book, but if you don’t know the language you can only read a book … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment