Book Review: The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik

It’s taken me over three months to complete this book. Not because it is long, but because it is a book about one of the most important issues of human history. Like most non-fiction, you can’t fly through it; it requires deep thought and much soul-searching. No matter which angle you approach this from, no […]

Book Review: Uncanny Valley by Gregory Miller

I’ve gone off short story collections in recent years. I can’t help feeling that modern writers have lost the art of succinctness and good old-fashioned storytelling required of a short piece. Yet Uncanny Valley caught my eye thanks to the unique selling point. It claims to be a collection of short stories sent in to […]

Book Review: Fighting Back by Frank Bruno

Broo-no, Broo-no! People of a certain age will remember that chant, probably even shouted it at the television on more than one occasion. Frank Bruno is an icon of British sport – well-known and adored by millions around the globe. Even the American audience chanted his name on home turf against one of their own […]

Book Review: Emperor #5: The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden

Imagine my delight and surprise to learn that Conn Iggulden was to write a fifth book in the series about the life of Julius Caesar. I read the first four around 15 years ago shortly after their release. I thought, as many no doubt did, that that was that – Caesar dead, story over. But […]

Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan

It’s around 18 months since I completed another book on North Korea – Nothing to Envy. I bought this around the same time. It’s one of the most famous accounts from anyone who lived inside the country and spent time at one of the many notorious gulags. Kang Chol-Hwan was just a boy when his […]

Book Review: Deck Z by Chris Pauls & Matt Solomon

What happened to the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic? Did it strike an iceberg and sink in the early hours of 15th April 1912? Did it actually go down in history as the worst maritime disaster ever? Yes, we know this is the case. But what happened in the hours leading up to that fateful night. Some […]

Book Review: Nothing edited by Jeremy Webb

This is a book about nothing – quite literally. It makes something of nothing, quite literally about that too. You will find nothing in this book, lots and lots of nothing and you will find it quite frankly one of the most interesting books you will ever read. Even though it is about nothing, featuring […]

Which Classics Have You Read More Than Once?

We either love classics or we endure them. For most people, reading a classic is something to tick off a bucket list. Let’s be honest, being forced to endure them in a school environment is not conducive to repeated reading. Yet eventually, most of us find a handful we love. Here is my list. For […]

Book Review: Bioshock Rapture by John Shirley

Having recently replayed all of the Bioshock games (including the DLCs I never played before), Amazon recommended me this – an official novelisation of the early years of the city where the first two games (and both DLCs) are based. I’ve generally been mistrusting of this type of book, feeling they often lack the depth […]

Book Review: Germania By Simon Winder

I consider myself very interested in international cultures, particularly those of the continent. I’ve only visited Germany twice but have enjoyed both trips. On both occasions, I was struck by the countryside and the magical architecture of the towns I visited. I’m also a big Germanchristmasmarketaphile (it’s not a word, but I can make one […]