Tell Me What You Read: Christopher Williams

Choreographer and dancer Christopher Williams answers some reading questions about his art and life. Tell me which authors, or what reading, you can see now were influential in your life and career? My childhood reading of mythology and folklore sparked a personal mythopoetic quest that remains the hallmark of my choreographic career to this day. Apart from … Continue reading Tell Me What You Read: Christopher Williams

Vita Sackville-West’s No Signposts in the Sea

This is Vita Sackville’s West’s last novel, and it is exquisite. For once I agree with the blurb on the back of the Virago edition: ‘this haunting, elegiac tale, published the year before her death, is her last and finest novel’. I do NOT agree with Victoria Glendinning, who wrote an introduction, who says that … Continue reading Vita Sackville-West’s No Signposts in the Sea

Merlin versus the vivisectionists, in C S Lewis’s That Hideous Strength

Today’s letter in the Really Like This Book podcast scripts recap is L, and I’ve gone straight to Clive Staples Lewis. Along with much of the western world, as a child I was deeply into his Narnia stories. As I got older I found them less satisfying, because too many questions kept being thrown at … Continue reading Merlin versus the vivisectionists, in C S Lewis’s That Hideous Strength

Now Posting on Vulpes Libris: Nan Shepherd’s The Quarry Wood

I posted a review of Nan Shepherd's 1928 novel The Quarry Wood over at Vulpes Libris today. Liked the novel very much, the first in a trilogy of north-east Scottish farming novels that I should have read decades ago, reprinted by Canongate as a collected works called The Grampian Quartet (there's a non-fiction memoir of … Continue reading Now Posting on Vulpes Libris: Nan Shepherd’s The Quarry Wood

Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous 

Today’s letter in the Really Like This Book podcast script reruns is K, for Rudyard Kipling, and a Kipling novel that has nothing to do with India, or the war, or about soldiers: three of his most well-known subject areas. Instead, it's about the deep-sea cod fisheries off the north-east coast of Massachusetts. He published Captains Courageous … Continue reading Rudyard Kipling and Captains Courageous