The Review: A Man Without A Country by Kurt Vonnegut (2006)

  What the book is about…   By his own admission Kurt Vonnegut has become a grumpy old man. Hey, I love grumpy old men! Remember Victor Meldrew in ‘One Foot in the Grave’ (genius portrayal btw)? He was my type of grumpy old man. The man that sees the absurdity in life – the small,…

The Film Review: IT (2017)

  The most anticipated movie of the year, IT blends a dollop of jump-scares with a feel-good coming of age narrative and some well-written humour which had many raving and some heading for the doors. I think we need to get it out of the way… this wasn’t particularly scary. In fact the reviews have…

The Film Review: The Dark Tower Movie (2017)

  What the movie is about… ‘There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also…

The Review: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1955)

  Title: Catch 22 Author: Joseph Heller Date Of Version Reviewed: 2004 Publisher: Vintage RRP: £8.99    ISBN: 978-0-099-47046-5 What the book is about… Set in the closing months of the Second World War in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because…

The Review: Lock 14 by Georges Simenon (1963)

Title: Lock 14 (Maigret Meets A Milord) Author: Georges Simenon Date Of Version Reviewed: 2003 Publisher: Penguin Classics  RRP: £6.99    ISBN: 9-780141-187280  What the book is about… One rainy night a canal worker stumbles across the strangled body of Mary Lampson in a stable near Lock 14. The dead woman’s husband seems unmoved by her death and is…

The Review: The Outsider by Albert Camus (1946)

Title: The Outsider (also known as The Stranger) Author: Albert Camus Date Of Version Reviewed: 2000 Publisher: Penguin Classics  RRP: £6.99 The Outsider – originally titled The Stranger – is an existentialists paradise. Hailed as one of the greatest philosophical novels of all time, one would easily dismiss this compelling novel based on its relative shortness. That isn’t…

The Review: Youth by J.M Coetzee (2002)

Title: Youth Author: J.M Coetzee Date Of Version Reviewed: 2003 Publisher: Vintage RRP: £6.99 ISBN: 0-099-43362-1 What the book is about… ‘Youth’s narrator, a student in 19950s South Africa, has long been plotting an escape from his native country. Studying mathematics, reading poetry, saving money, he tries to ensure that when he arrives in the real world…

The Review: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958)

  Title: Things Fall Apart Author: Chinua Achebe Date Of Version Reviewed: 2001 Publisher: Penguin Classics RRP: £7.99 ISBN: 0-14-118688-7   A classic of African literature and one of the pioneering anti-colonial prose, Things Fall Apart is broken into three parts – the pre-colonial era, the invasion of the British and their Christian way of life and…

The Review: The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill (2014)

  Title: The Soul of Discretion Author: Susan Hill Date Of Version Reviewed: 2015 Publisher: Vintage RRP: £7.99 ISBN: 978-0-099-57594-8   The premise of Soul of Discretion is sound though the execution does not meet the lofty standards of previous Serrailler instalments. It is unfortunate because given the level of talent possessed by Susan Hill one would expect…

The Review: The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Ed, 2016)

  Title: The Good Immigrant Author: Nikesh Shukla (Editor) Date Of Version Reviewed: 2016 Publisher: Unbound RRP: £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-78352-295-8 What the book is about… Bringing together 21 exciting black, Asian and minority ethnic voices emerging in Britain today, The Good Immigrant explores why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay and what it means to be…

The Review: The Stand by Stephen King (1979)

Title: The Stand Author: Stephen King Date Of Version Reviewed: 2011 Publisher: Hodder RRP: £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-4447-2073-0 What the book is about… ‘First come the days of the plague. Then come the dreams. Dreams that warn of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of…

The Review: Blindness by Jose Saramago (1995)

Title: Blindness Author: Jose Saramago (translated by Giovanni Pontiero) Date Of Version Reviewed: 2004 Publisher: Vintage Classics RRP: £8.99 ISBN: 978-0-099-57358-6 What the book is about… What happens when a whole city goes blind? Not just a few people… the whole city. Maybe the whole country. Except one person remains able to see. The city turns to ruin…