Julian likes to read stories so he’s studying English Literature at McGill University in Montreal. Writing this book review column allows him to do all the things he’s not allowed to do in his academic essays: slag off famous writers, be really opinionated, not cite page numbers, plagiarize etc.
His column will mainly be reviews of novels—everything from classics to new-releases—but there will also be the occasional short-story, play, poem, or bit of non-fiction thrown in. Basically it will be about whatever Julian happens to be reading at the time.
Here’s a list of authors who Julian likes: Mervyn Peake, Oscar Wilde, Italo Calvino, Neil Gaiman, Neal Stephenson, Stephen Fry, Ursula LeGuin, Lewis Carroll, George Orwell, Franz Kafka…
Julian would like to write a novel himself one day but is discovering (to his surprise) that it takes a lot of effort, and Julian’s pretty lazy. He will, however, try to write this column once a week.