Emily Rhodes

Rosh Hashanah reading list

5 September 2013 9:57

Happy New Year! No, it isn’t three months’ early if you’re Jewish, and those of you who aren’t might like…

The tough life of a celebrity tortoise

6 August 2013 16:31

You might be interested to see how Daphne the tortoise reacted to being on the front cover of the Spectator.…

Summer reading? What about summer re-reading?

25 July 2013 10:17

What will you read over the summer? The newly announced Booker longlist? A selection of books from newspaper and magazine…

The Special power of the printed word

13 June 2013 10:28

A few weeks ago, three colossal boxes of new books from Penguin arrived in the bookshop. I made myself a…

Life’s too short to read tedious books

18 April 2013 8:44

‘My friend and I were working out how many more books we’ll read before we die,’ a customer said to…

The Exiles Return by Elisabeth de Waal – review

9 April 2013 10:00

The Exiles Return has been published as a beautiful Persephone Book, with smart dove-grey covers and a riotously colourful endpaper.…

Books do furnish a room

7 March 2013 10:55

The first time you run out of space for your books is a rite of passage for booklovers. It’s the…

Writing of walking

7 February 2013 10:00

At 3pm this afternoon Radio 4’s Ramblings with Clare Balding will broadcast a programme about The Walking Book Club, to…

Some literary thirteens for 2013

10 January 2013 15:28

I suspect I might not be the only one who finds it unnerving to be at the start of a…

Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling and the albatross of success

6 December 2012 9:30

Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, has announced that her next book will be a picture book. Rather than…

When ‘boycott’ isn’t quite the right word

22 November 2012 16:22

Boycott Amazon was the message from Margaret Hodge MP in last weekend’s Observer. This comes in the wake of new…

Poppy appeal

8 November 2012 16:30

As Remembrance Sunday draws closer and we pin poppies to our coats, we can also see them adorning the jackets…

Everyone loves a Penguin

1 November 2012 16:03

Markus Dohle, Chief Executive of Random House, must have had a long hard think about what a booklover could possibly…

Something wholesale

25 October 2012 9:54

I suspect that few – if any – of you have heard of Bertram Books. You could be forgiven for…

China bans Haruki Murakami’s ‘1Q84’: George Orwell would have seen the irony

27 September 2012 9:01

Books – or lack thereof – are the latest manifestation of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. The escalating dispute over the…

What comes after Fifty Shades?

30 August 2012 9:27

After the record-breaking success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, publishers are desperately trying to answer the multi-million dollar question, what…

Second to the right, and straight on till morning

9 August 2012 9:49

Much has already been written of the breathtaking, brilliant and slightly bonkers Olympics opening ceremony, but there is one more…

Staycation reading

19 July 2012 11:00

When it comes to choosing good books to read on holiday, I am a great believer in selecting reading matter…

Travelling tales

24 May 2012 9:37

I happened to be with some family friends the other day. The daughter, just out of school, is soon to…

Rainy day reading

10 May 2012 8:28

I am beginning to lose my patience with the weather. I suspect I am not alone in feeling utterly dispirited…

Inside books: Long live the classics!

26 April 2012 8:49

Classics were predicted to be one of the first things to fall at the feet of eBooks. Traditional booksellers —…

Inside Books: Surveying The Hunger Games

12 April 2012 11:41

Chances are you’ve read, seen, or at least heard about The Hunger Games, the young-adult book and film sensation by…

Inside Books: In praise of paperbacks

29 March 2012 8:45

Lately, I have been giving rather a lot of thought to the humble paperback. I say humble, for this is…

Inside Books: Mum’s the word

15 March 2012 8:20

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and what could be a more thoughtful present for one’s mum than a good book?…

Inside Books: A literary spring awakening

1 March 2012 10:32

March is a strangely active time in the book world. Like plants that have been slumbering through the cold winter,…