Alex Clark’s article in the Guardian review – Hole up, hunker down… and read might be of interest to you, you can read it here. It’s his suggestion of books to read during this horrible Covid-19 situation. I must admit I’ve only read one of them – Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner, and I didn’t love that one as much as many people did. But I’ve been meaning to read The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann for decades, it’s a pity I don’t have a copy of it in my house.
Reading the description of Devotions upon Emergent Occasions by John Donne makes me think this book might be worth a read, you can read it free here. Having had a quick squint at it I’m not at all sure it’s my cup of tea now.
Otherwise, there’s an interview with Anne Glenconner, one time lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret. Her book Lady in Waiting: My extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown has been selling like hot cakes. You can read the interview here.
Todays Guardian Review section is a special issue as it contains the first chapter of Hilary Mantel’s much awaited book The Mirror and the Light. If you’re so inclined you can read it here. I must admit that I haven’t read it myself as it would drive me up the wall not being able to continue reading it until the book is published on the 5th of March.
There’s also an interview with Hilary Mantel which you can read here, she’s speaking to Alex Clark.
Margaret Atwood, Anne Enright, Colm Toibin and others write about their favourite Mantel books here.
It’s difficult for me to say which is my favourite because I loved Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies but I also loved A Place of Greater Safety which I read fairly recently.
I’m now wondering if I should re-read Bring Up the Bodies before reading The Mirror and the Light.
I had intended to do a blogpost about the books that I got at Christmas but, there are so many of them and I still have to take photos, so I’m just doing this quick post to interesting articles in the Guardian Review section.
There’s an article here about six women writers, by Alex Clark: Beryl Bainbridge, Angela Carter, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Molly Keane, Jenny Diski and Anita Brookner. Some of my favourite writers although I haven’t read anything at all by Jenny Diski. Have you?
Just when you thought that all the books about Elizabeth I of England had been written – up pops another one by John Guy called Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years.
Last but not least, if you enjoy Emile Zola’s books as I do you’ll be interested in this article about his time in London in 1898.
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.