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 – mostly writers from the mid-20th century, although I’m open to more contemporary fiction and the occasional non-fiction title too, especially literary biographies and cultural essays.
My favourite writers are Elizabeth Taylor, Penelope Fitzgerald, Barbara Pym, Richard Yates, Edith Wharton, Patricia Highsmith, Patrick Hamilton and Raymond Chandler. More recent additions to these favourites include William Trevor, Barbara Comyns and Shirley Jackson. These are some of the writers I’d like to read more of 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 classic film noir – when I’m not reading, you’ll generally find me in the cinema (or, in this COVID era, streaming films at home). 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!) I also manage the book subscriptions services and some PR activities for two local independent bookshops, which are very enjoyable things to do.
If you can spare the time, please do leave a comment or two on any posts of interest to you.
If you’d like to contact me, I’m on twitter @JacquiWine or you can email me at email@example.com. On GoodReads, you’ll find me under ‘JacquiWine’.
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’m happy to accept physical review copies if they are in line with my interests, provided I have the time to read them – my TBR pile is quite large at the moment, so this may not always be the case. (Unfortunately, electronic/PDF copies of books don’t work very well for me as I prefer to read books in physical format, especially if I’m planning to write about them.) Lastly, I would rather not accept review copies directly from authors, for personal reasons – thank you for your understanding.
Thanks for dropping by,
Hello Jacqui and welcome to blogging:)
I must say that I am very impressed with how you’ve begun, my early posts look very amateur by comparison – yours look as if you’ve been blogging since birth!
That’s a very tantalising bookshelf in your header, I love seeing other readers’ books….
I am really looking forward to adding your reviews to my inbox from now onwards.
Thanks, Lisa! I’m very grateful for your encouragement and support – it’s helped me to make the leap into blogging. Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you and exchanging thoughts on books.
Yes, I love looking at other readers’ shelves, too. It’s so fascinating to glimpse their choices!
You finally got a blog of your own – delighted to see that and will of course be following you. Books and wine? Is there a more heavenly combination?
Thank you, Marina! Participating in Stu’s IFFP-shadowing project gave me a bit of a taste for blogging. Thanks for following, too, and I’m looking forward to exchanging thoughts via our blogs.
And yes, there will be wine…in fact, I’m planning a wine-match piece inspired by ‘The Mussel Feast’. It should be up next weekend :)
I love your blog and have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Feel free to check it out here http://746books.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ but don’t feel obliged!
Gosh, thank you, Cathy! That’s very kind of you – I feel honoured! I’m just about to dash out (as I’ve got a horribly busy week ahead), but I’ll check it out properly as soon as I can.
I love the concept of your blog, and you review such an interesting range of books. Thanks again for thinking of me.
Ooopsie, I see that I’m not the only one – should have checked first – have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blog award too! Such a lot of impact in such a short time!
Congratulations on your very well-deserved award, Marina!
Wow, thank you so much for nominating me – that’s very kind of you, especially as I hold your blog in such high regard. I’m thrilled!
Here’s to many more conversations about books :)
Hi Jacqui, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award! You can find out more details here: http://theperfectionistpen.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/the-liebster-award/ although please don’t feel obliged to take part :)
Congratulations on your award, Gemma! Thank you for nominating me – that’s very kind of you!
I’m glad I found your blog in the blogosphere. I’m sure it will be a pleasure to follow your posts. Cheers..
Thank you! And likewise, I’m looking forward to following your book reviews and film notes…
Hi Jacqui. Just to let you know that I have nominated you for two awards, here’s the link to find out more: https://kyrosmagica.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/two-lovely-awards-real-neat-and-premio-dardos/
Congratulations on your award and thank you for nominating me. That’s very kind of you!
Thank you Jacqui. :)
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Interesting blend of lit in translation and wine. Some cheese and bread would go well. As what you read and your blog roll will expand what I will read and review I will follow. My TBR is becoming insurmountable.
Thank you! I hope you enjoy.
Do you read and review poetry? I look forward to following your blog. Kind regards. Kevin
Thanks for following, hope you enjoy. I don’t read very much poetry, I’m afraid. Most of my reading is fiction: novels and short stories.
Hi Jacqui, I’ve tagged you in the TBR Book Pile meme. It’s just a bit of fun so don’t feel obliged. The link’s here: https://thewritesofwoman.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/tbr-book-tag/
Thanks, Naomi. I really enjoyed reading about your TBR – it’s a fun idea!
Hi Jaqui! I’m glad to have discovered your blog. Will follow. Pleas d to meet you, Marina
Very pleased to meet you too, Marina. Thanks for following – I hope you enjoy.
Hi Jacqui! I’m happy I found your blog. Wine and books are really the best combination in my opinion :)
Aren’t they just! I really need to try to write a few more pieces about wine as I’ve rather slipped out of the habit of late. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back into the swing of it fairly soon. :)
You have a amazing blog and I am infinitely glad to have stumbled upon it! I wish to be back soon to explore further, but the more important thing is, you have given me the jolt of motivation to lose myself in literature! Like you, I prefer to read a mix of English and foreign literature, with my foreign favourites being Tolstoy and Dumas… You’ve offered so many more names above and I can’t wait to delve further!
Hope to share the WP journey with you. 😊
Hi Jolene. Many thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. It’s always nice to *meet* new readers who are interested in different kinds of literature, especially classics and translated fiction. Tolstoy is one of the greats, for sure. I look forward to chatting to you again in the future. :)
Hey Jacqui, I love your website. And I’ve got an odd recommendation for you, a book I’d love you to review. It’s a science fiction novel called “Aurora” by Kim Stanley Robinson. It’s about a daughter and mother trying to keep a village on a large ship alive – essentially a metaphor for climate change and ecological sustainability – as it disintegrates around them. I think you will like it, based on your fondness for Barbara Pym; it has Pym’s anthropological, slightly forensic approach. Take care, and best wishes!!!!!! Love your reviews, they’ve inspired so many of my reading choices!
Excellent blog Jacqui. We’ve visited it for years but realised we never followed. We are now We’ve tried to ping an email over, but it’s bounced. Do your details need updating?
Many thanks for your comments, very kind of you. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the blog.
Sorry you’ve had some trouble with the email. The address is correct, so it might be worth trying again?
Thanks for your reply Jacqui. Okay we will!
Elizabeth Taylor, Penelope Fitzgerald, Richard Yates…. those are some of my favourite authors! I’ve sometimes enjoyed Elizabeth Jane Howard… I’ve often enjoyed Barbara Trapido, Andrea Newman and Lissa Evans. And Nevil Shute!
Lovely! I’ve been a bit hit-or-miss with Elizabeth Jane Howard in the past, but the Cazelets are still on my list to try. Do you have a favourite, one you would particularly recommend?
Hi Jacqui. I have a strange request. I’m the photographer of the cover image (of aerial the taxi over Ipanema) of Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays, and I can’t for the life of me find a copy. I’ve purchased two used copies, thinking they were the ones with that image, but they were not. Let me know if I could purchase your copy. Or I could trade you one of the other editions I have. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know what you think. Kindly, Michael
Hi Jacqui. I have a strange request. I’m the photographer for the cover image of Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays (of the aerial of the taxi over the street in Ipanema) — the copy you reviewed, and I can’t for the life of me find a copy. I purchased two other editions, thinking they would have that image, but they did not. Would you be open to selling me your copy? Or trading for one of the editions I have? Let me know what you think. My email is email@example.com. Kindly, Michael
Hi Michael. Thanks for your email. I’m so sorry, but I no longer have the book as it was donated in a charity store clear-out some time ago. Have you tried the publishers to see if they have any copies of that particular edition?
HI, I note your wine notes stopped some years ago, any thoughts on posting them occasionally again?
Good point! In fact, I was just thinking about the absence of wine notes just the other day. It’s Spanish lit month in July, so I shall make a mental note to do something then. I love Spanish whites, so hopefully that will fit right in. Many thanks for the nudge. :)