What to read next?  Stuck in a ‘modern literary fiction’ funk, this has been my year of reading, not dangerously, but chaotically.   As I trip through crime classics, bouncing from political guides to memoirs (and multiple failed attempts to even start Homer’s The Illiad), I’m discovering more books that feel like companions.  These books come together to tell a story more completely, to compliment each other across time, genre and author.     No book reviews or detailed plot summaries here – simply connections between great books that might inspire your next good read.

And the more I write, the more I realise that I have a healthy obsession with A Good Read on Radio 4.  Expect lots of references and links to the best episodes throughout the blog.

Happy reading.