From July 2019 Given my international and multi-cultural exposure, I have long since learned that people are different and that discrimination - in terms of recognition and understanding of the difference between one thing and another - is fine. It's when discrimination becomes prejudiced, partisan, and unequal that this becomes repugnant. Being Caucasian, atheist and … Continue reading We are all alike…
From July 2019 It was Joyce Carol Oates who said, "A good, sympathetic review is always a wonderful surprise!" I am no different. I often check Goodreads, Amazon, Lulu and Bol to see how many copies I've sold and to see if there any new reviews. Given the lack of activity my expectations are low, … Continue reading A good review is a wonderful surprise…!
From June 2019 It was Dr. Seuss who said "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” As far as I can remember I've always loved reading. As a child, all my pocket money and many hours were spent in WH Smith … Continue reading B(u)y the book
From June 2019 Perhaps I'm a product of globalisation. I have two mother tongues, have lived in three countries and visited countless others. Throughout my professional career, I have always worked for multinationals with a large diverse workforce and a spread of different languages. English has been (and still is) a binding factor, an advantage for … Continue reading Double Dutch
From June 2019 It was the poet John Lydgate who said, “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time." This rings true for books too. Every reader has their … Continue reading Sex Maniac?
Forbidden fruit is a phrase that originates from the Book of Genesis concerning Adam and Eve. Both eat the fruit of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, which they had been commanded not to do by God. As a metaphor, the phrase typically refers to any indulgence or pleasure that is … Continue reading When is fruit forbidden?
Samuel Johnson said: "Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement" . Therefore it comes as no surprise that in the world of literature, a good blurb and a well designed cover are strongly advised for potential readers to be attracted. I put this to the test with a quick Twitter pole, offering four … Continue reading Judging a book by its cover