The Library of Babel [Jorge Luis Borges]

“The Library is a sphere whose exact center is any hexagon and whose circumference is unattainable” In The Library of Babel, Jorge Luis Borges depicts an infinite library. You’re here reading a book blog, you’re probably a bit of a book nerd; surely this is an appealing premise. The universe comprises countless adjacent, identical hexagonal […]

Books I Read in 2014, Ranked

I wish this list was longer. 2014 was a great year, packed with challenges and experiences. Abundant in chill-time, however, it was not, and my reading suffered. I’ve seen plenty of these lists, written by the professional book bloggers and critics I follow on Twitter and so on, that are enviably long – long enough that I could […]

Loitering With Intent [Muriel Spark]

Many of you will know Muriel Spark from her novel ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ – especially if you’ve ever studied Literature in Scotland. Her work is regarded as sacrosanct north of the border; everyone loves the local girl done good from Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, which happens to be where I was living this time […]

A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers [Xiaolu Guo]

Green Tea Hello book fans. Sorry it has been so very long since I touched base. I’ve been settling into a new job, and have basically just been really tired. It’s not much of an excuse, but it’s the truth. The thought of devoting brain power to processing print was just too much. But I […]

The Music of the Primes: [Marcus du Sautoy]

MATHS. A topic the mere mention of which brings on a stress headache in many. I, too, had some feelings about maths before I started ‘Music of the Primes’. Let me tell you about those feelings through connected anecdotes. A close friend of mine was recently part of a business meeting in which she was […]

She Came to Stay [Simone de Beauvoir]

Chai, Darjeeling and Assam. This week’s book is remarkable. For proof, firstly look to its central theme of apportioning love in a three-person romantic relationship. This is quite a jump from the oft-seen love triangle trope – it’s a whole different ball game in its psychology and the struggle to find peace with your standing […]

Lost Illusions [Honoré de Balzac]

Like some sort of mash-up of Aeschylus and Gossip Girl, ‘Lost Illusions’ is a tragedy of Ancient Greek proportions in which the levels of subterfuge, deception and double-agency would have the scriptwriting staff at the CW drooling. Sadly my French isn’t quite up to tackling 700 page 19th Century novels, and it’s always tricky when […]

Eden [Tim Smit]

Green Tea I picked up ‘Eden’ hoping to be taken on an imagination-fuelled trip to a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I envisioned paragraphs dripping with greenery and the ambient hum of insects in the background. What I’d unfortunately failed to divine was that this is a book with a business focus – Tim […]

Telling Tales [Alan Bennett]

Hello everybody! Firstly let me apologise for the lack of new material on Brewandbook recently – I’ve been on my jollies. I thought it sage to spend my time playing cards, looking super cool in my shades and drinking grapefruit rosé (oh my GOD is it delicious) instead of scribbling down grumpy thoughts about celebrities […]