Messer Marco Polo by Donn Byrne (1921)

Messer Marco Polo is one of those special finds which every bibliophile lives for: a book which can be consumed in one sitting but is unique enough for you to impress fellow bibliophiles with, thus providing the opportunity to sound well-read with very minimal effort. The conversation may go like this: ‘Yeah, read this book…

Moll: The Life & Times of Moll Flanders by Sian Rees

In The Life & Times of Moll Flanders, Sian Rees retraces the story of one of fiction’s most infamous, intriguing and oft-misrepresented heroines to reveal how thin the line between fiction and reality can really be. It’s 20 years (eek) since I read Moll Flanders during the summer holiday between GCSEs and A-levels. It has…