Monthly Archives: December 2016

Reading Review 2016

I read 49 books in 2016, which is less than in 2015. I think my favourite from the books I read this year was “The Bastard of Istanbul” by Elif Şafak, a popular Turkish writer. This was the first year … Continue reading

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“Chart Throb” by Ben Elton

It is difficult to ridicule what is already ridiculous. Here Ben Elton aims his satire at the Reality TV Talent shows in the X Factor mould. Chart Throb shows the manipulation of the talent hopefuls and the audiences by the … Continue reading

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“Memphis Underground” by Stewart Home

Like a Modern Art exhibition this book went from truly awful to amazingly wonderful and back (sometimes in the same paragraph). The book cover resembles a vinyl record and there are many times the narrative passes by Berwick Street Market … Continue reading

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“The Courier’s Tale” by Peter Walker

The quote on the cover states: “If you loved Wolf Hall, you will delight in The Courier’s Tale“, I did like “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel a lengthier book than  “The Courier’s Tale” with more intricate Machiavellian scheming. Whilst “Wolf … Continue reading

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