TV/films of books

US TV mogul plans epic version of A Tale of Two Cities

I read in this article that Harvey Weinstein (the US TV mogul/producer) plans a collaboration with the BBC on an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens). A follow up to the recent effort on War and Peace (Tolstoy). I tend to be about 5 years behind, but I'm looking forward to catching up… Continue reading US TV mogul plans epic version of A Tale of Two Cities

Book reviews, Conan Doyle, Arthur, The Poison Belt, Writers

REVIEW: The Poison Belt, Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)

Book review - The Poison Belt: Being An Account of Another Amazing Adventure of Professor Challenger by Arthur Conan Doyle. Today is the anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930). So it seems fitting to post a review of one of his stories: The Poison Belt. One of my favourite… Continue reading REVIEW: The Poison Belt, Arthur Conan Doyle (1913)

Book lists, Book trivia

More literary heroines (collective noun?)

Following on from a previous post The UK’s favourite 15 literary heroines, here are some other heroines that might have made it, but didn't. I leave you to identify the books they came from! By the way, what is the collective noun for literary heroines? A quill? A scribble? A canon? Thank you, Bill, for… Continue reading More literary heroines (collective noun?)

Quizzes, puzzles & humour, Quotes

QUIZ answers – Identify these quotes about reading

Don't look yet - have a try first! Answers: Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) Jane Austen (1775 – 1817) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864) Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 – 1861) Margaret Fuller (1810 – 1850) Gustave Flaubert (1821 – 1880) Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Not easy - how many… Continue reading QUIZ answers – Identify these quotes about reading

Books & art, Paintings, Pre-Raphaelites, Readers reading

Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

The Day Dream (1880) - By Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882). Victoria & Albert Museum. Readers reading #9 Instead of 'Readers reading', perhaps this one ought to be titled 'Reader forgetting about reading' - we've all done it, one moment reading, the next drifting into a dream. Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter and translator… Continue reading Painting: The Day Dream (1880)

Boswell, James, Quotes, Writers

11 quotes from James Boswell

Today is the anniversary of the death of James Boswell (b.29 October 1740 – d.19 May 1795). Boswell was a Scottish landowner, biographer and diarist, best known for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). There is a Boswell Society here on WordPress. Boswell famously quoted Dr Johnson as saying: “No man but a blockhead ever… Continue reading 11 quotes from James Boswell

Book trivia, Books/Reading, Quizzes, puzzles & humour, Quotes

QUIZ – Identify these quotes about reading

Can you identify the above quotes about reading? Need some clues? Read on. [Warning – clue below] To help you here is a list of the authors responsible for the quotes –the list is presented in chronological order by birth. Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821) Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)… Continue reading QUIZ – Identify these quotes about reading