The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung Published by Little, Brown UK Publication date: 07 November 2019 To say The Tenth Muse is a triumph would be an understatement. The writing is eloquent, poised, and fresh, all without feeling that it’s trying too hard to be anything. It draws you into the world of mathematics withContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW — The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung”
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication date 24 September 2019 Ann Patchett has a way of bringing characters to life, constructing them bit by bit inside your mind. In the Dutch House she does this with such thoroughness that at times the book is almost too poignant. It is a taleContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW — The Dutch House”
I read Chigozie Obioma’s debut, The Fishermen and was impressed. Now this, his sophomore novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, secures his place in my mind as one of those rare authors, the kind that can conceive a complex narrative, write it with precision and eloquence, and make it seem like magic. So many people canContinue reading “AUDIOBOOK REVIEW — An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma, Narrated by Chukwukdi Iwuji”
A Single Source by Peter Hanington Published by Two Roads Books Publication date: 02 May 2019 Peter Hanington’s debut novel, A Dying Breed, made it on to my shortlist of recommendations last year. It was a clever, well-written political thriller that reminded me of the best of John le Carré, but I found, with itsContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW – A Single Source by Peter Hanington”
This anthology of 30 science fiction stories is a self-proclaimed rally cry to Americans to stand up against their current administration’s ethics and policies. Though it never mentions Donald Trump by name, it does reference ‘45’, as in the 45th president of the United States, and it is glaringly obvious that the editor feels TrumpContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW – If This Goes On (anthology), edited by Cat Rambo”
An owl we saw at the Hawk Conservancy Trust awhile back. If you’re into birds at all and are ever near Andover in the UK, it’s well worth a trip. Not entirely happy with how this drawing turned out (partly down to execution on my part and partly to using a new paper that IContinue reading “Inktober Day 19: Owl”
Small drawing (5cm x 5cm) of a coin that I recently saw and loved at the British Museum. It’s an Athenian Owl Tetradrachm dated from 460-404 BC. Obviously I found the owl cute, but I also very much like that Athena’s owl is a symbol of wisdom.
Drawn from a photo I took in Kyoto in 2015. This took me longer than I’d have liked (largely due to lack of time!), so I’m behind again on my Inktober drawings. Though that’s the case, I’m very much enjoying this process; I may not be posting every day, but I am drawing every singleContinue reading “Inktober Day 14: Kyoto Street Scene”
Posting a day behind schedule, still, but should be up to speed tomorrow. Another busy day, another super fast sketch, this time a candle in a bell jar.
I haven’t been that well the last few days and the cat integration project has been intensive (we are making progress!) so I fell behind on my Inktober drawings. Was never going to be able to do four detailed ones in one day to make up time, so instead, here are three 5 minute sketchesContinue reading “Playing Catch-up (i.e. Inktober 5, 7, & 8)”