Date Archives December 2019

2019: My Year of Full-Time Travel

As regular readers may know, I’ve been travelling full-time with my wife Genie since the beginning of 2015. We don’t have a home anywhere, just a second-hand Toyota in which we travel from place to place, mostly in and around Europe. We pay the bills by doing freelance writing and editing work as we go. I’ve always meant to blog more about the places we go to, but I never seem to have time. So now that I have a quiet few days in a nice hotel on the coast… Read More

Best Books I Read in 2019

How was your reading year? I read 58 books overall, which was not as many as I’d hoped, but still about one a week, which is OK for me. It was a busy year in many ways, and I didn’t always have much time for reading, but I still read some excellent books. Here’s a quick rundown of the best books I read this year, followed by a breakdown of my reading by gender, publication year, genre, length, rating, etc. The Great Passage by Shion Miura My year started back… Read More

Inside the Syrian Conflict With Jonathan Littell

Homs is one of those places that, like Aleppo and Kandahar and Mosul, has become a byword for suffering. For years it appeared on the nightly news with images of corpses, rubble, wailing widows and intrepid reporters ducking as a shell lands close by. In my childhood, Beirut and later Sarajevo were similar shorthand for misery, along with Belfast during the Troubles. In Syrian Notebooks, Jonathan Littell takes us inside Homs for a ┬ácouple of weeks in 2012, early in the Syrian uprising. He gives us a glimpse of the… Read More