The Lighthouse by Alison Moore

 Alison Moore has probably read a lot of Muriel Spark: in The Lighthouse we find the same unfussy prose, the unexplained meetings, strange characters – an indeed an epigram from Spark at the start of the book. Futh (this is the only name we ever have for him) is a middle-aged English man who, just separated from his wife after 15 years…

Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne

A battered leather armchair, an open fire, a decanter of port, the wind howling outside, perhaps a paper knife of curious Oriental design: these are the ideal accoutrements to reading a novel like Journey To The Centre Of The Earth. They are not always available in May in London in 2014 but one must make a fist of it. Actually, you…

Everyman’s England by Victor Canning

 Victor Canning was a thriller writer, churning out factory lines of potboilers like The Golden Salamander, which was turned into a film and apparently rendered him the money to buy a country pile in Kent. That is what such money is there for. Everyman’s England features no exotic brushes with death (although there is one night in a ditch)…