Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

FILM: Aimée & Jaguar

After neo-nazis smeared her front door with excrament, Lily Wurst fought back with the truth she felt she owed to the love of her life. Wurst revealed that the women she protected during WII weren’t just Jewish, they were also queer. And so was she. And so was her lover, Felice Schragenheim.

December 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Fifth Season

Its writers like N. K. Jemisin that remind you that the world didn’t stop writing when a bunch of old white people up and died in the late nineteenth century.

December 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Farewell Party

You can sacrificially burn the book after you’ve finished. But I personally am going to file it under ‘resources for outlining how straight men come to their privileged conclusions’.

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

China: Portrait of a People

Sip jasmine green tea in a quiet space while you explore this small but powerful little book.

November 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

What Bird Is That? A Guide to the Birds of Australia

It’s funny to think this book was printed in the year of the great Emu War of 1932 (no, really).

November 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Trespasser

The Dublin slang alone is enough to keep you reading. Jaysus. Bollix. Banjaxed. Gobshite. Bleeding shitehawk: poetry to the profane ear.

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

AUDIO BOOK: Metamorphosis

This. This is what I present to you as the 100th post on this blog. Does it mean something? Has this whole indulgence in literary naval gazing been as tedious for you as a day in the life Gregor Samsa? I hope not.

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Basicall, half of the epic is Gilgamesh missing his mate Enkidu and going on long adventures to prove his devotion to the bromance (*cough* romance *cough*). To prove his eternal love to Enky he goes looking for the secret to eternal life. No, that’s not a cliche. Because this epic literally did it first.

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Last Empress

Hannah Pakula presents a confident appraisal of Soong Mei-ling: China’s ‘last empress’ – a competent political tactician, devout Christian and fairly incredible person.

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Scarlet Letter

‘A squirrel, from the lofty depths of his domestic tree, chattered either in anger or merriment … so he chattered at the child, and flung down a nut upon her head.’

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment