New Books - Fiction

I'm one of those twenty-first century characters who rarely reads fiction, though when I do I always enjoy it. I just find it so hard to justify when my areas of research and interest lie in other directions. It's an all-too-common story. That said, I always manage to get through at least half a dozen or so novels in a year, and many (most) of my favourite authors were/are novelists. Here are some titles I have picked up recently, confident that I will read them some time this year (from the top):

Collected Stories by Tennessee Williams - I explained in my last post my renewed Tennessee Williams mania. I have read all of his plays, but I must confess that I have never read any of his fiction. I once saw a short film made from his story "desire and the Black Masseur" and thought it was time I read some of the stories.

Love's Shadow by Ada Leverson - Leverson was one of Oscar Wilde's most loyal friends (she was his famous "Sphinx"), and I have read a biography of her. Her novel was long out of print, so I was excited to see this re-issue. Obscure indeed.

The Rose Crossing by Nicholas Jose - Nicholas is one of the Fellows at the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, where I am completing my PhD. I see him regularly, so I thought I should read some more of his work - until now all I've read is his fascinating family memoir/travel book Black Sheep.

Proofs and Three Parables by George Steiner - I will confess that I had never heard of Steiner till I heard him on The Book Show talking about his My Unwritten Books. He sounded brilliant and fascinating, so I thought I'd check him out.

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Potter - What a hoot! You may not know it but Pollyanna has quite a significant philosophical/religious sub-text, one that coincides with my own academic research. I have only ever seen the film so I have purchased the novel with an eye to writing an academic paper about it.

Moise and the World of Reason by Tennessee Williams - An obscure full-length novel from Mr. Williams. You know why.

Jeeves in the Offing by P. G. Wodehouse - Another confession - I have never read Wodehouse! I did try when I was a teenager, but I quickly threw him aside. I am about to give him another chance. People always assume I have read Wodehouse.

The Raven's Heart by Jesse Blackadder - Jesse is one of my colleagues, and I was at the launch of this one - I love reading friends' books.


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