This history of bees

The art of dying by

This was the latest book chosen for my book club read. I don’t think any of us were aware it is actually the second book in...

The water dancer by

I haven’t read a great many books set in the “old south”. Many years ago I did read Gone with the wind. I’m sure I must...

1917 dir. by

I wasn’t too sure what I was going to make of this film before I saw it. War films can be very hit or miss with...

Centurion dir. by

Writ & Dir: Neil Marshall

I love and adore Dog Soldiers. And The Decent was pretty damn good too Of course Doomsday was utterly preposterous but you win some, you lose some. And I was still prepared to take a chance on Neil Marshall, especially when the story is about Roman soldiers on the run in the second century. I mean it had to be better than King Arthur, right?

Goddess by

I came across a mention of Julie d’Aubugny when Oisin McGann retweeted a Quite Interesting fact about her Has anyone written a biography or fictionalised account,...

Black 47 dir. by

In 1847 Martin Feeney returns home to Ireland to find his mother and brother dead, his nieces and nephew about to be evicted, and death and...

Circe by

I have only read parts of The Odyssey; while I know the general story and many of the episodes I would not say that I know...

Alias Grace by

Based on the true story of Grace Marks, an infamous murderer in Canada in the 1840’s, Atwood’s book uses different narrators to tell the story, as well as interspersing the story with extracts from other works. From poems, fiction, newspapers of the time, and other sources. Although this is based on the real story, Atwood has, of course, fictionalised a great deal of the novel.

The two narrators are Grace herself, who tells her story in the first person, past tense, and Simon Jordan, the doctor investigating her claims of insanity or innocence. His parts are told by a third person narrator, and are in the present tense.

This history of bees by

translated by Diane Oatley Bees are pretty cool insects. They are also pretty damn important. Insects in general are essential to the world we know, so...