A Point of View

From a purely stylistic standpoint, Clive James is one of my favourite writers. His choice of words, elegant sentence construction and rhythmic prose are just a pure delight. He can also be very, very funny. “Hurricane Higgins smokes the way he plays [snooker] – as if there were not only no tomorrow, but hardly anything …

The Good Earth

I find it puzzling that this was a bestseller when it was published in 1932. It’s the - very readable - story of a dirt-poor northern Chinese farmer in 1910 or so, who starts the story with nothing but a small plot of land. He then takes a wife and begins a family, survives a …