August 23, 2017

The Trick of Ga Bolga by Patrick McGinley

I was stuck on a train trawling through my Kindle for something to interest when I found The Trick of Ga Bolga. I think I bought it in one of the 99p Kindle sales. It's the story of an Englishman who moves to a small coastal village in Ireland during the second world war, and what happens to him there. There's murder, and suicides, a cow, a donkey and a lot of boring food. The Trick of Ga … [Read More...]

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

I only got around to watching the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's a few years, and I'd also heard good things about the book... I thought the book was short - then I realised there were 2 short stories at the end - Breakfast at Tiffany's is surprisingly short. The story is a reminisence of the writer who lived above Holly Golightly, triggered many years later by an Africa statue. In … [Read More...]

HHhH by Laurent Binet

I picked up HHhH as part of a buy one get one half price at Waterstones. That was the first I'd heard of it - and it lives up to the impressive billing on it's cover. Laurent Binet is a Frenchman, writing a historical novel whilst exploring the art of writing an historical novel. It really is rather fascinating, reading the tale at the same time as his deliberations over how to write it and … [Read More...]

Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis

Wow! But is Amis on form in this one. Lionel Asbo is an uncomfortable character - the illogicality of some of the characters is hard to deal with. Lionel himself is a London thug, who wins the lottery whilst in jail - and the novel goes to some lengths to explore the potential impacts of the 'wrong' person winning. As well as our celebrity obsessed culture. I'd definately recommend it. … [Read More...]

False Impression by Jeffrey Archer

False Impression is not my favourite Jeffrey Archer novel, but it's still a good read. A nice investigation into how a big event such as 9/11 can create interesting opportunities for those who see it. This is an art world, round the world, mystery thriller chase - worth a read. … [Read More...]