Neil Rathmell – writer

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A Readers’ Diary, 14 January 2015

White Hunger is described on the cover as an ‘extraordinarily accomplished debut novel’. They used to be called first novels, now they are debut novels. The change of name sounds … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Reader’s Diary, 4 June 2014

Two short novels by different authors, neither of them English, both young, both female, both writing in the first person. There are other similarities too that make the comparison interesting … Continue reading

June 4, 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

Reality and imagination

By chance, I read recently three books by Jewish writers about the persecution of Jews by the Nazis before and during World War II. One was written as a factual … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

A literary tourist

‘What distinguishes the Cambridge English course,’ according to the university website, ‘is its balance between a solid grounding in the essentials of the discipline, and the opportunity to specialise and … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a 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