Category Archives: John Grindrod

My favourite books of the 21st century, so far…

  Recently ‘The Guardian’ published a list of the ‘best’ books of the twenty first century so far. It got me to thinking and so here I present my own list. They may not be acknowledged ‘classics’ (though some are) … Continue reading

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Books of the Year 2017

The Ali Smith Book of the year: ‘Winter’ by Ali Smith Is this the most enjoyable book of the year? No. But, like last year’s ‘Autumn’ it is possibly one of the most pertinent and timely of books and is … Continue reading

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Outskirts – John Grindrod

John Grindrod’s last book, ‘Concretopia’, was a terrific gazetteer of modern post-war British architecture, those remnants of a time when buildings (and society) faced the future with optimism and hope. ‘Outskirts’ continues this theme, looking at those curious hinterlands intended … Continue reading

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Holiday Reading

I’m off to the land of sun, sea and demons (i.e. Mallorca) at the end of the week, so I thought I’d share with you my holiday reading. Strangely, my selection has been pretty painless compared to previous holidays where … Continue reading

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