• Great Quotes About Books and Reading

    Great Quotes About Books Reading

    Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know. – John Keats, letter of August 28, 1819... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Elly Griffiths

    Elly Griffiths

    I've just been reviewing Elly Griffiths' latest Ruth Galloway novel -- I really loved it. But you'll have to wait till next month to read the review, as it's... Read more

    Posted on 20 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Lady in White

    Lady White

    No apologies for yet another painting by Thomas Dewing, for the third week running. This is called Lady in White (No. 1) and may be, or may not be, the same lad... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Shiny Non-Fiction

    Shiny Non-Fiction

    I just realised I haven't yet pointed you in the direction of some of the excellent non-fiction in the new issue of Shiny New Books. Very remiss of me, since I... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Weightless by Sarah Bannan

    Weightless Sarah Bannan

    Well, I know it's only April, but I can confidently tell you that this is going to be one of my favourite books of the year. And, like Wolf Winter, which I was... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Woman Reading, Woman Listening

    Woman Reading, Listening

    I simply cannot get enough of Thomas Dewing. This is the third painting in a row of his I've put up here and I love them all. This one is called A Reading,... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Shiny 5 Reprints

    Shiny Reprints

    I do so love a reprint! Why that should be I can't really say, but it's a fact. So, though Simon is the Shiny reprints editor, I always manage to worm my way... Read more

    Posted on 10 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

    Wolf Winter Cecilia Ekbäck

    As always, I've read and reviewed some great books in Shiny 5, but if you asked me which was my favourite, it would probably be Cecilia Ekbäck's brilliant... Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Happy First Anniversary to Shiny!

    Happy First Anniversary Shiny!

    Yes, a whole year has gone by since four blogging friends stuck their collective toes in the water of internet magazine publishing with the first edition of... Read more

    Posted on 07 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Woman with Book

    Woman with Book

    Having discovered Thomas Dewing a couple of days ago,  I was so taken with his lovely, strange paintings that I wanted to post another one. This is... Read more

    Posted on 04 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Stranger by Harlan Coben

    Stranger Harlan Coben

    Hooray for Sainsbury's. Or Sainsbury's ebooks, anyway. They are very kindly sending me credits in return for reviews, and as I'd very much enjoyed the Harlan... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Woman in a White Dress

    Woman White Dress

    As you may know, I'm constantly on the lookout for interesting paintings to show you on here. The blog has a regular Saturday art slot, which usually includes... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Girl Reading

    Girl Reading

    Well, here's a bit of a surprise. I'd never heard of Erik Koeppel but assumed he was a little known 19th century artist. However, having googled him I've just... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Reading P.D. James

    Reading P.D. James

    I've read a great many novels by PD James, and until a few weeks ago, if you'd asked me, I might have told you that I'd probably read them all. Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Girl with a Clock For A Heart by Peter Swanson

    Girl with Clock Heart Peter Swanson

    I recently read, and really loved, Peter Swanson's second novel, The Kind Worth Killing. You have to wait for the review till Shiny 5 comes out on 7 April... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • New Banner Image

    Banner Image

    Actually not that new since I used it a few years ago, but this (above) is Red Berries, by Albert Joseph Moore (1841-1893), who was known for his... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Women Reading and Sewing

    Women Reading Sewing

    This charmingly domestic scene is by a Finnish artist, the wonderfully named Erin Kleopatra Danielson-Gambogi (1861-1919). It's called 'Sisters' and was... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Woman with Book

    Woman with Book

    This gorgeously dressed lady is Julia Makovskaya, and the painting is called The Artist’s Wife (1881). The painter is Konstantin Yegorovich Makovsky (Russian,... Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • The Flight of the Maidens by Jane Gardam

    Flight Maidens Jane Gardam

    When in the late summer of 1939 Hilda and Dorothy had driven Lieselotte crouched in the back of the car across the Vale of York and had come upon the woman in... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Missing You by Harlan Coben

    Missing Harlan Coben

    Harlen Coban is not a writer I would necessarily make a beeline for, and I would almost certainly not have read this if I hadn't been offered a review copy by,... Read more

    Posted on 09 March 2015 BOOKS, CULTURE