From the Guardian

It’s ages since I’ve linked to anything from the Guardian Review, in fact I haven’t even had the time or inclination to read it, I’ve just been too busy with domestic stuff. Anyway, here’s a selection that I thought some people might find quite interesting.

The MY HERO article is by Michael Ondaatje and Jhumpa Lahin and their hero is the writer Mavis Gallant. I must admit that I haven’t read anything by her, but it looks like I should rectify that.

Kathryn Hughes enjoyed reading Dreams of the Good Life: The Life of Flora Thompson and the Creation of Lark Rise to Candleford.

There’s an article about a new exhibition at the British Museum – Vikings: Life and Legend. And by the way – we in Scotland would like our Lewis chessmen back thank you!

There’s a new book out about that perennial mystery ship the Mary Celeste, you can read about it here.

This year is of course the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Did you know that over a million Indian soldiers fought on the British side. Find out more in The last post by Daljit Nagra.

And from the main section of the newspaper an article about independent bookshops being in decline. Well we all know that but thankfully some are still struggling on.

I hope you find something to interest you in those links.

Flashback Challenge

I’ve been reading about all these book challenges that are going on and thought that it was about time that I signed up for one myself. The Flashback Challenge seems like a great excuse to re-read ‘old friends’ and I’m really enthusiastic about it, so I’m planning to read 12 books again, one for each month of the year – and here they are.

Flashback Challenge books

As I’ve never participated in a book challenge before, I’m just presuming that the idea is you write a review in your blog. Anyway, that’s what I’ll be doing with these books, although not particularly in this order.

1. The Enchanted April – by Elizabeth von Arnim.
2. Lark Rise – Flora Thompson.
3. And Quiet Flows the Don- Mikhail Sholokhov.
4. The Fortunes of War – Olivia Manning.
5. Strong Poison – Dorothy L. Sayers.
6. The Railway Children – E. Nesbit.
7. The Golden Age – Gore Vidal
8. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee.
9. Scenes of Clerical Life – George Eliot
10. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie.
11. Kidnapped – R.L. Stevenson.
12. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier.

I’m looking forward to it.