Archive for June, 2011

June 26, 2011

A Single Man: Christopher Isherwood

by Nicola

This is the tale of a day in the life of George. A British man teaching English and living inCaliforniawhose life has changed through the complex emotions grief bestows since losing his partner Jim. It’s a small book filled with subtlety. Isherwood’s prose is spare, mesmerizing: his words well chosen, succinct and meaningful. It is just brilliant.

June 25, 2011

The Planet of the Apes: Pierre Boulle

by Andy


A book that spawned an industry of tie-ins and spin-offs and gave Charlton Heston a legitimate excuse to run  dementedly about a beach in a loin cloth and emote for all he was worth.  But despite its many (mostly) lame connotations, the original novel (this book you’re about to buy) is really rather remarkably good.  Really.


June 9, 2011

This is Not the End of the Book: Umberto Eco & Jean-Claude Carriere

by Stuart

This gloriously unusual and dazzlingly smart new book is a conversation between notorious bibliophile cleverclogs Jean-Claude Carrière and Umberto Eco, all about the rich history of the book, and its grim prospects in our digital age. It’s a truly idiosyncratic and gleefully digressive dialogue, educational and engaging on literally every page, and it even features a surprisingly high instance of laugh-out-loud funny bits. We’ve always been fond of these kinds of ‘books about books,’ and this absolute gem is a brilliant and urgent new addition to the genre.