Jorge Luis Borges

(Photo: Alicia D’Amico) Sometimes I find that my reading becomes stagnant. Whether it is because I’m busy, because I’m reading a book that I’m not enjoying, or because I’m enjoying other media more, I find it’s not always possible to read at the rate I’d like to. Which is okay. Everything in moderation, even for a bookworm. However, I always find that short stories are … Continue reading Jorge Luis Borges

Diana Wynne Jones

(Photo: Neil Gaiman’s blog) I sadly only discovered the work of Diana Wynne Jones after her death in 2011. Pictured above is Neil Gaiman, one of my favourite writers, with Diana Wynne Jones, one of his favourite writers. It’s really interesting when you start to read what your favourite writers have read and recommended. You’re able to pick out influences and styles that they’ve experimented with across … Continue reading Diana Wynne Jones

Gabriel García Márquez

(Photo: Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara) I can’t read Spanish, to my shame. Shout-out to translators Gregory Rabassa and Edith Grossman for providing really poetic and (what I assume are) authentic translations of García Márquez’s work. Of course, the translators have no material to use without a writer, and that’s who I want to celebrate. García Márquez is a storyteller, one who meanders through his worlds of … Continue reading Gabriel García Márquez

Kazuo Ishiguro

(Photo: Mariusz Kubik) When thinking about this post, it was very tempting to begin by conflating Kazuo Ishiguro’s Japanese heritage with the themes that commonly occur in his writing. After all, it seems intuitive that someone born in Nagasaki would make it their duty to write about the experiences and consequences of war. However, Ishiguro himself has said the following in conversation: “People are not two-thirds one … Continue reading Kazuo Ishiguro

Lemony Snicket

(Photo: Michael Huang/Flickr) Lemony Snicket is the pen name of Daniel Handler, pictured above playing the accordion and singing his heart out. The dilemma I face in writing this post is who to write about – Lemony Snicket or Daniel Handler? Daniel Handler is the creative mind behind his stories, particularly A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I read hungrily as a child. Lemony Snicket is … Continue reading Lemony Snicket

H.G. Wells

(Photo: Unknown) H.G. Wells is widely regarded as one of the fathers of modern science-fiction, and for good reason. His novel War of the Worlds was the first popular story of alien contact and invasion.  Similarly, The Time Machine catapulted the theme of time travel to the forefront of science-fiction. Wells seems to have captured the essence of a great many science-fiction tropes, and his novels and … Continue reading H.G. Wells

Hope Mirrlees

(I’m back from my travels now, and that means you can look forward to regular posting again – sorry for the intermission). Often overlooked entirely, Hope Mirrlees is sometimes described as a contemporary of Virginia Woolf. I sometimes think this is disingenuous – I think it would be more appropriate to describe her as a hero of Woolf’s, given Woolf’s own strange but endearing praise: “…a … Continue reading Hope Mirrlees