Book Review: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

My rating: 3 of 5 stars Sometimes, I’m left bewildered by the gullibility of the general public. I don’t mean this cruelly, but, you know, I get a little upset when I see certain books become ‘bestsellers’ because these books are, frankly, pandering to the whims of readers and peddling the snake oils they want… Read More Book Review: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

Book Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am not the greatest of Arthur C. Clarke’s fans. Even in my youth, when I devoured classic sci-fi while other kids my age were discovering their dad’s not-so-secret stash of porn magazines, I was reading things like ‘Rendezvous with Rama’, ‘Imperial Earth’ and ‘Childhood’s End’ and really not… Read More Book Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

Book Review: How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation by Stig Abell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars Stig Abell is quite a fascinating chap and that comes across very much in this book. Almost a contemporary of mine (we both grew up in the Midlands around the same time, and he went to the same school in Loughborough as a friend of mine but six years… Read More Book Review: How Britain Really Works: Understanding the Ideas and Institutions of a Nation by Stig Abell

Book review: My Adopted Life: The Adopted Mother’s Story by A.H.M. Beattie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars As with my review of the first book in this series (‘My adopted life: A birth mothers story’), my copy of this book was given to me to review and I do so freely and without compulsion. Likewise, this was a book I specifically asked for after enjoying the… Read More Book review: My Adopted Life: The Adopted Mother’s Story by A.H.M. Beattie

Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, I need to make apparent the bleeding obvious disclosure, right from the beginning, that I am white, male, of the professional class, very firmly heterosexual and (regrettably) pushing too close to 50. All of which, more or less, disqualify me as a (stereo)typical reviewer for Evaristo’s astonishing novel.… Read More Book Review: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Book Review: My adopted life: A birth mothers story by A.H.M. Beattie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was provided with a copy of this book by the author but, as always, this review is freely and independently written. Indeed, I actually expressed an interest in the book after reading an interview with the author on her Facebook page. ‘My Adopted Life’ is the first instalment… Read More Book Review: My adopted life: A birth mothers story by A.H.M. Beattie