Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

Pianos and Politics in China

‘ Materialism may sometimes be a vulgar way of looking at art, but it is never inappropriate when seeking to understand art’s political and social context.’

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

ALBUM: Experimental Projects A (EP)

I would recommend experiencing this collection in the composer’s order, in a quiet space, with the weight of a grey afternoon pressing in on the window.

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Go Tell It On The Mountain

If you think To Kill a Mockingbird was ‘important’, or ‘eye-opening’ for you, then Go Tell It On the Mountain will ram home just how much you don’t, and perhaps never really will, truly understand.

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rare and Commonplace Flowers

‘The shooting stars in your black hair / in bright formation are flocking where, / so straight, so soon?’

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Unbound

For any enthusiast of modern Chinese history, this is an essential text detailing one of the key narratives of early Communist Party History. For everyone else, this book contains an approachable history of the powerful life-stories of some truly remarkable women.

June 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Talking To My Country

Grant is an approachable, fluent and engaging writer and, as such, this is not only a book every Australian should read, but crucially, and accessible text that most Australians can read.

May 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Secret London – An Unusual Guide

Not only does this pocket-sized travel companion provide up to date opening hours, handy maps, cafe details, nearby hotels and various phone numbers, it gives a whole new spin on the sometimes monotonous experience of being a tourist.

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

My Brilliant Career

‘The less a person thinks and inquires regarding the why and the wherefore and the justice of things, when dragging along through life, the happier it is for him, and doubly, trebly so, for her.’

May 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

FILM: The Music of Strangers

Title/year: The Music of Strangers (2012) Director: Morgan Neville Found: on the inflight entertainment programming of United Airlines Run Time: 96 mins Comments: ¬† The Music of Strangers ¬†charts the … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment