The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Anchor Books, 2012 516 pages When my daughter was born, two very dear friends came to see us in the hospital. It was Christmastime, so they brought my present with them: a copy of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. I had not heard of it, but our … Continue reading The Night Circus

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1963 256 pages A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books I think I have very clear memories of - and then I read it again and discover that I missed something entirely. I first read A Wrinkle in Time - or, rather, … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time

Super Secondaries: The Women of Middle Earth

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien Allen & Unwin, 1954-55 I don't just talk about Lord of the Rings, I gush. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy about the fictional realm of Middle Earth is one of my desert-island books, a work of art that comes closer to my own personal definition of literary perfection than … Continue reading Super Secondaries: The Women of Middle Earth