Books

May 21, 2007

When great artists die, there is always the temptation to make money off their memory with the endless publication of material that was often (rightly) left on the cutting room floor. This has afflicted artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Tupac Shakur. It happened to John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the donnish creator of The Lord […]

May 21, 2007

With the publication of Richard Dawkins’ typically arrogant and polemic best-seller The God Delusion, and Keith Ward’s predictably reasonable response on the side of the angels with Is Religion Dangerous?, 2006-07 has been a great period for religious/scientific debate in the mainstream media.

May 14, 2007

“Say to yourself first thing in the morning: today I shall meet people who are meddling, ungrateful, aggressive, treacherous, malicious, and unsocial.”

May 14, 2007

America is nothing if not an enigmatic place – the people, culture and government, the vast size and landscape;,the stunning diversity (and equally amazing uniformity) and all of the contradictions these things encompass will no doubt continue to inspire writers and artists for many years yet.

May 14, 2007

I admit that before I picked up this book I had never heard of Charlotte Grimshaw and yet this is the fourth of her novels to be published. Her first book Provocation was based loosely on her experience as a criminal lawyer.

May 7, 2007

Once hailed as the funniest writer in America, P.J. O’Rourke has spent a drink-fuelled literary career lampooning deserving dictators, fashionable protestors and big-government fanatics around the world. With a glint in his eye and a martini in his hand, he produced a series of hard-hitting yet hilarious books before the unthinkable happened. P.J. settled down […]

May 7, 2007

More of the adorable Pocket Penguins this week, as we hop the iceberg-laden treacherous cesspool that is the Atlantic Ocean and land somewhere a little classier. We bounce from the USA to the UK.

May 7, 2007

Hey! There’s a combination of Nick Hornby, paper molecules, Pocket Penguin, ink, the number three and a whole lot of words! It looks like a book! I was right, it is, and it’s titled Otherwise Pandemonium! Wow! What a cool name! And it’s totally about crazy VCRs (in the days when names like ‘United Video’ […]

April 30, 2007

It’s 1947. Two English girls, Dulcie and May Taylor, are moved from a warm and caring home, with two parents, to a living hell in a short space of time. With their mother dead and their loving father in prison, they become wards of the state – or, in other words, ‘orphans’.