The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis

This week’s Random Book of the Week, fittingly for Easter Sunday, is a play which revisits one of the Bible’s most controversial episodes by getting some of its main players (even Satan himself) and other historical figures to argue it out in (what sounds like) a modern-day Bronx courtroom. In The Last Days of Judas…

Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (1859)

Oblomov is the story of a very likeable but lazy Russian aristocrat who spends his days lounging at home in his dressing gown. No, not just when he’s nursing a stinking hangover which the usual cure of a salt ‘n’ vinegar crisp sandwich fails to remedy. EVERY DAY. The depth of Oblomov’s inertia spawned the…

Mother: Portraits by 40 Great Artists by Juliet Heslewood

This week’s Random Book of the Week is a quick post as I shortly have to make the trek from Sarf to Norf London in order to worship at the altar of The Woman Who Gave Me Life. Yes folks, it’s Mothering Sunday, that day of the year when Clintons et al make a lot…

If Only They’d Met: The Book of Imaginary Meetings by David Cohen

In If Only They’d Met, David Cohen uses a healthy dollop of artistic license (time travel, a lack of language barriers) to imagine the conversations that might have taken place if certain famous characters of yore had had the chance to meet. There are some inspired pairings – Coco Chanel trying to get Queen Victoria…

Votes For Women and other plays, edited and introduced by Susan Croft

Continuing our International Women’s Week theme, an anthology of rare early 20th century plays written by female dramatists about the struggle for female suffrage. Susan Croft’s anthology includes seven ‘suffrage plays’, including the comparatively well-known Votes for Women (Elizabeth Robins) and How the Vote Was Won (Cicely Hamilton and Christopher St. John), and other rarer…

Art and Feminism, edited by Helena Reckitt with a survey by Peggy Phelan

Happy International Women’s Day! Given that yesterday’s IWD post was rather bleak, I thought today I’d cheer us up (sort of…) with some feminist art. Art and Feminism is published by the excellent Phaidon and provides an overview of female artists who have explored feminist themes in their art. As well as an introduction to…

Some Eminent Women of Our Times by Mrs Henry Fawcett (1889)

Following on from last year’s set of posts, to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, this week I will be posting about a selection of books connected to women’s place in the world. To kick things off this year, a second-hand find filled with unexpected hidden treasures within. Some Eminent Women of Our Times…

The Life of Rebecca Jones by Angharad Price

Bore da!  To celebrate St David’s Day – I’m an eighth Welsh, so will admit a vested interest – a book that has been hailed as the ‘first Welsh classic of the 21st century’. The author Angharad Price’s family has farmed in the Maesglasau valley for 1000 years. The Life of Rebecca Jones is an…