Cecily's book reviews

In general I've written reviews of every book I've read since I joined GoodReads (RIP) in May 08, along with one or two I read prior to that. More recent reviews tend to be longer (sometimes a tad too long?). I always carry a book, though I don't get as much time as I'd like to get engrossed - life is busy, but in a good way. Too many of my favourite authors died without writing enough! Apart from reading, and writing about reading, I enjoy Scrabble, good restaurants, woodland, and attending the theatre.

Music, Food and Love

Music, Food and Love - Guo Yue;Clare Farrow Memoirs of a Chinese child, growing up in a musical family during the cultural revolution, and developing a passion for cooking, partly as that was not ideologically controlled. Two thirds are memoirs, one third is recipes (referred to in the memoirs, so you get their context). The rather wooden style dilutes his passion and there are occasionally awkward musical metaphors, almost added as an afterthought - often the same one (the "percussive" sound of finely chopped food being added to hot oil).

Currently reading

The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy
Sebastian Peake, China MiƩville, Mervyn Peake
Gormenghast
Mervyn Peake