Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

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 · 1 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

The Communist Manifesto

Don’t be intimidated by this text. Just because the authors Frederich Engels and Karl Marx unleashed 150 years of political turmoil with it’s publication doesn’t mean that you should be intimidated. Ok, maybe just a little.

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

To Sir, With Love

Year/place of publication: 1959, UK Found: My mother’s school books from the 1970s Pages/read time: 142, a week Comments: The incredible Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is 104 years old and his … Continue reading

November 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Room of One’s Own

If you are a feminist of any description – and even if you think you’re not – please try to get a hold of this book.

October 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Atonement

Not that my opinion matters, but I agree with judges on the bajillion prizes this novel won.

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Year of publication: 1987 Found: Bought as a gift to my mother who loves the film version Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) Pages/Read time: 403, three days Comments: I first encountered … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Everywhere I Look

Charlotte held my gaze in the way one book-lover holds the gaze of another and said: ‘I think you would really like this.’

September 1, 2016 · 3 Comments

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