Gutenberg Bible Could Destroy Book Trade Within 20 Years

I wrote this article a couple of years ago on my science blog ILPPS when it was revealed that booksellers were losing ground to ebooks. There was a lot of hand wringing, including accusations (and still the persistent belief) that ebooks are not real books. They are here to stay and most book lovers appreciate […]

Spoof, Parody or Satire? And what’s the Difference?!

Humour can be a difficult creature to catalogue, especially when the laughter is at the expense of people, institutions or creative works that would be familiar to the intended audience. While I was writing Dead Heat which, by the way, was my very first attempt at anything that could be vaguely classed as comedy, I […]

Book Review: One Virgin Too Many by Lindsey Davis

It has been almost two years since I read the previous book in the series so I am certainly overdue! One Virgin Too Many is the eleventh book in Davis’ celebrated Falco series about a retired legionary setting himself up as a private detective in Vespasian’s Rome. The series is funny, educational and clever as […]

eBook Review: Dear Coca Cola by Terry Ravenscroft

Terry Ravenscroft likes to write letters of complaint ansd praise to businesses about their products. He is a bored retiree with a sharp sense of humour and in Dear Coca Cola he has taken on the persona of a daft fanatic / complainant about a variety of well-known products. In each case he takes a […]