Dubliners by James Joyce My rating: 5 of 5 stars While not wanting to sound like I’m having a bromance with Dr Oliver Tearle of Interesting Literature, I must yet again give credit to his excellent site for bringing me back to one of the first books I ever read as a young adult; and… Read More Book Review: Dubliners by James Joyce
What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley by David Shrigley My rating: 1 of 5 stars Let me start by stating my credentials: I’m legally sane;I’m reputedly reasonably intelligent;I have several graduate and post-graduate qualifications and training including several in Art History;I love art – in particularly the Surrealist and Dadaist schools;I… Read More Book Review: What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Ironically, the passage from Durrell’s book which I was using as a teaching example for my English students – and which led me to finally pick up this famous work – isn’t actually in this book! The result is that I… Read More Book Review: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Who Shot Percy Toplis? by Jim Cox My rating: 4 of 5 stars It’s not often I get to review a book from an author local to me, let alone a book set in a place I know quite well. Jim Cox’s new book looking at the true story of the infamous ‘Monocled Mutineer’ is… Read More Book Review: Who Shot Percy Toplis? by Jim Cox
As a few of you know, last month I began a new book project using the Patreon site. I’m publishing the first (official) drafts of my novel set in Bangladesh – ‘The Pukur’ – one chapter per month to subscribers (actually, you get two, shorter, chapters for each of the first two months). Subscription starts… Read More The Pukur and thoughts on the Rohingya situation
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!
Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC by Frederick Buechner My rating: 3 of 5 stars To call Buechner’s ABC of theological terms quirky would be an understatement. The guy is somewhere between one current short of a fruitcake and a deep well of the most profound thoughts and understanding. One thing is certain: you would be… Read More Book Review: Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC by Frederick Buechner