Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling et al

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, J.K. Rowling My rating: 3 of 5 stars I love Harry Potter. The whole franchise: the books which I came to as an adult when a student recommended them to me and gave me the first four books as a… Read More Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling et al

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Book Review – The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson My rating: 4 of 5 stars I Think Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a Small Island’ was the second book of his I ever read. I loved his (short) book on Shakespeare and so began his famous critique of the British culture… Read More Book Review – The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Book Review: Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English by Oliver Kamm

Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English by Oliver Kamm My rating: 5 of 5 stars Oliver Kamm is my new god. At least where the so-called ‘rules of grammar’ are concerned anyway. For a long time, my sole useful guide to grammar and style which sat on my desk was Fowler’s (I also… Read More Book Review: Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English by Oliver Kamm

Book Review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson My rating: 4 of 5 stars ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man’ is, in a nutshell, a Swedish Forrest Gump with bombs. Allan Karlsson is a gentle, peace-loving Swede with no political interest whatsoever yet over the course of his life finds himself in… Read More Book Review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Report on Bangladesh Part II – Those who have no TV to hide behind

By Ken Powell (originally published in the Egremont 2Day newspaper)   I WROTE last time about the security issues travelling around Bangladesh on my trip last February. These aren’t imagined dangers and they’re not just aimed at foreigners either. While we were out in the villages enjoying the best home-made curry in the world, we were… Read More Report on Bangladesh Part II – Those who have no TV to hide behind