Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Stag and Hen Weekend by Mike Gayle

The downside of loving a book is finding a follow up that won’t disappoint. Facing this problem after finishing The Art Lover, I decided to play “safe”. While I knew the “literary” quality wouldn’t compare, I have always enjoyed Mike … Continue reading

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The Art Lover by Andromeda Romano-Lax

I want to thank the Australian publishers who decided to change the name of Andromeda Romana-Lax’s book. The original title of The Detour perhaps better describes the content of the novel, but if not for the change to The Art … Continue reading

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Entering the Reader’sTwilight Zone

After completing Zadie Smith’s book of essays (see previous posts), I wasn’t sure what to read next. My eventual choice was The Art Lover by Andromeda Romano-Lax (published as The Detour elsewhere). It’s been sitting on my bookcase for a … Continue reading

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Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith

Changing My Mind was structured like a sandwich. It began and ended with academic essays related to books and authors I haven’t read. So through the first 90 or so pages I wondered whether it was worth persevering. Fortunately I stayed … Continue reading

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Can Zadie Change MY Mind?

Guantanamo Boy was one of those can’t put down books, the kind that makes reading a pleasure, despite its grim and disturbing content. The downside of a book like that is finding something as a follow-up. What can I start … Continue reading

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Guantanamo Boy and Man’s Inhumanity

Anna Perera’s Guantanamo Boy is fiction, but is based on real accounts of the Guantanamo concentration camp the USA established off-shore during the “War on Terror”.  It tells the story of an average English boy, Khalid,   kidnapped from Pakistan while … Continue reading

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Spoiled Again!!!

When is a spoiler not a spoiler? Maybe when it’s in the title of a book? Moving on from The Satanic Verses I’ve started reading Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera. Now THERE’S a title that gives us a very good idea … Continue reading

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The Satanic Verses – finished at last!!!

It’s finally over. The last page is turned. The Satanic Verses has bitten the dust. It was like running a marathon, an endurance event, painful at times, needing gritty perserverance, but I got through its 547 sometimes tedious pages. But … Continue reading

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Steam Punk from Richard Harland. Anticipation and Reflection.

A book near the top of my MUST READ list for this year is Richard Harland’s Song of the Slums, to be released in May by Allen and Unwin. Before I write anything else I have to confess an apparent … Continue reading

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At Risk by Stella Rimington

Stella Rimington is the former head of MI5, apparently the inspiration behind the casting of Judi Dench as “M” in the James Bond films. Since leaving that position she has written her autobiography and several thrillers based on the spy … Continue reading

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