The Guardian Review 02.11.13

For those who don’t read the Guardian Review I’m just going to link to a few articles which appeared in last Saturday’s Review which I think some people might find interesting.

It’s fifty years since JFKs asssassination, here is a list of the ten best books inspired by it.

Albert Camus seems to be flavour of the moment in the paper and on radio. I haven’t read anything by him yet but I think I’ll remedy that soon. Geoff Dyer writes about him here.

Are you a Penelope Fitzgerald fan? I haven’t read anything by her for some time but there’s a new biography of her out now – Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee, have a look at Philip Hensher’s review here.

Today in the car I was listening to Margaret Drabble being interviewed on the radio, speaking about her new book The Pure Gold Baby amongst other things. I’m putting it on my ‘must read’ list. Have a look at Alex Clark’s review here.

Last but certainly not least if you’re keen on Doctor Who you might want to read this article by Simon Winder.

Sometimes there are only a couple of articles in the review which really interest me, this was a particularly good one.

6 thoughts on “The Guardian Review 02.11.13

  1. I have an Albert Camus on the shelf. Have never read him yet. I think it is The Stranger. Interesting article about him. Maybe I will put the book I dug out today to start back and get it out instead. I’d love to carry an unconquerable summer in me!

  2. Loved the Dr Who article. We have watched the pre-50th retrospective each month and marveled at just how cheesy the early seasons were – even worse than the first Star Treks, and that’s saying something!! That said, there is something to be said for endurance, and I am really looking forward to the 50th anniversary episode, and where Moffat plans to take the ‘new’ Dr.

    I also looked at the 10 Kennedy books. There is another out by Bill O’Reilly called Killing Kennedy. It’s the second in a series of ‘historic fact-tion’. I haven’t read any of them (not an O’Reilly fan), but Bud liked then (our politics are a bit divergent…), and a NatGeo show on Killing Lincoln was actually quite interesting. His newest is Killing Jesus

    • Pearl,
      As a kid I was often terrified of Doctor Who monsters, even in black and white. I always thought that the daleks weren’t too bad as you could always run away from them by going upstairs, but not with the newer ones.
      BTW David Tennant is in a thing called The Escape Artist now on BBC, it’s very good, you should look out for it in the future.
      There seem to be lots of Kennedy related things around now, for the anniversary, BBC Radio is broadcasting JFK’s letters, starting from World War 2. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/search?q=John%20F%20Kennedy%20letters
      I don’t know if that will be blocked for you though.
      I’ve not heard of Bill O’Reilly, he seems to have struck a rich seam though, I wonder who will be the subject of his next ‘Killing’ book. I’d find the Lincoln one interesting I think, actually I might have seen that Nat Geo one already.

  3. The list of 10 books inspired by the Kennedy assassination was interesting. I have read one of them, The Tears of Autumn by Charles McCarry. He is one of my favorite authors. Not being very knowledgeable about Dr. Who, I was very surprised to hear that the series is having its 50 year anniversary.

    • TracyK,
      I haven’t read anything by Charles McCarry, I’ll add him to my ever growing list. The handy thing about Dr Who is that the doctor ‘regenerates’ every now and again – sometimes when the actor asks for more money! It means that it never gets stale and each generation of viewers has their own favourite doctor.

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