Hi, I’m Jacqui, and this blog — JacquiWine’s Journal — is a space for me to share my thoughts and reviews of some of the books I’ve been reading. It’s mostly books here, but I also post the occasional piece about wine, especially if there’s a link to a literary theme.
I tend to read quite a lot of literary fiction – primarily writers from the mid-20th century, although I’m open to more contemporary fiction and the occasional non-fiction title too.
My favourite writers are Elizabeth Taylor, Penelope Fitzgerald, Barbara Pym, Richard Yates, Edith Wharton and Raymond Chandler. Recent discoveries include William Trevor, Barbara Comyns and Patrick Hamilton. These are some of the writers I’d like to explore in more depth in the future.
I’m also interested in literature in translation, especially books from Europe, Latin American and Japan. Vintage crime fiction is another big area for me: typically noir, hard-boiled fiction and Golden Age mysteries from the UK, the rest of Europe, the US and Latin America.
In my spare time, I love films, particularly independent/world cinema and vintage film noir – when I’m not reading, you’ll generally find me in the cinema. I also have an interest in wine, partly professional, partly for pleasure. (I’ve worked for the Wine Society on a freelance basis for a number of years. Most of my wine comes from there, so the wine notes will link to some of their bottles – my own views, of course!)
If you can spare the time, please do leave a comment or two on any posts of interest to you.
If you’re a publisher with a book that might be of interest to me, please feel free to get in touch by email. I do accept physical review copies if they are in line with my interests, provided I have the time to read them. Unfortunately, I am unable to accept electronic/PDF copies for review or books directly from authors.
Thanks for dropping by,