The Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

Title: The Underground Railroad Author: Colson Whitehead Date Of Version Reviewed: 2016 Publisher: Fleet RRP: £7.99    ISBN: 978-0-7088-9840-6 What the book is about… ‘Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, an existence made even more hellish by her status as an outcast among her fellow Africans. And she is approaching womanhood, where…

The Review: White Teeth by Zadie Smith (2000)

Title: White Teeth Author: Zadie Smith Date Of Version Reviewed: 2001 Publisher: Penguin Books RRP: £6.99    ISBN: 0-140-27633-5 What the book is about… ‘White Teeth is a funny, generous, big-hearted novel, adored by critics and readers alike. Dealing with friendship, love, war, three cultures and three families over three generations, one brown mouse and the tricky way the…

The Review: Now In November by Josephine Johnson (1934)

Title: Now In November Author: Josephine Johnson Date Of Version Reviewed: 2004 Publisher: Virago Modern Classics RRP: £7.99    ISBN: 1-86049-916-3 What the book is about… ‘Originally published in 1934, Josephine Johnson’s first novel about a middle class family driven into poverty by the Depression won the Pulitzer Prize and drew clamorous praise. A family of three daughters struggle…

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…