I am very pleased to announce that my forthcoming new book ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen…’ is coming very forth indeed! Part travelogue, part guide to the newbie visitor to Bangladesh, ‘Mad Dogs’ will educate and amuse readers who want to know just what it feels like to be a foreigner in a very strange land. I will give… Read More Announcement: My next book is coming!
The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This novel was bought as holiday slush, a get-away-from-real-work kind of a book. Yet another semi-tired old post-apocalyptic flesh-eating zombie story which combined ‘I am Legend’ with ’28 Weeks Later’. While I can’t pretend the novel is a literary masterpiece… Read More Book Review: The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don’t think I’ve experienced such a conversion experience – last minute, at that – as I have with Arundhati Roy’s first (and until recently, only) novel. The need for conversion may have arisen from prejudice, I confess. On reading an… Read More Book Review: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Luther and the 9.5 Theses by Kenneth Brownell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Kenneth Brownell’s short book gets four stars from me as an ‘average’. Aspects of the book swing from little more than three to a definite five. I shall attempt to unpack why and how. It is remarkable that in the academic… Read More Book Review: Luther and the 9.5 Theses by Kenneth Brownell
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez My rating: 3 of 5 stars Ok so I get the metaphorical nature of GGM’s novel. I understand the aspect of magical realism. I have no choice at all but to catch the motif of ‘solitude’ in all its facets (I appreciate I’m reading a translation… Read More Book Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Equus by Peter Shaffer My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first came across this play in the final moments of my teens thanks to a girlfriend I was besotted with, from Eastbourne. She had studied it (if I recall correctly) for A level. The play turned out to be one of those key texts… Read More Book Review: Equus by Peter Shaffer
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck My rating: 5 of 5 stars There are many books considered ‘classics’ which end up on almost all the well-known ‘Top 100’ or ‘Must read’ lists. Many of them, as I’ve been continuing my race against old age to work through my literary bucket list before I give… Read More Book Review: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck