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Book Review: Hamlet's Blackberry by William Powers

5 September 2011

The central point of this book is that the human brain needs time to properly distil information; a period of reflection, of downtime. The problem today is that we don't have these moments, these "ga...more info>>>

Book Review: Khao San Road by David Young

13 July 2011

Going through immigration at Bangkok airport, an officer noticed I hadn't completed my arrival card - there was no destination address. "Where you stay for your trip?". "I'm not sure, it's my first ...more info>>>

General Review: Celebrity Pictures and Gossip Magazines

21 April 2010

I can't find another genre of entertainment that tries so hard to elicit jealousy and envy in the reader than the celebrity gossip magazine. The flipside to the green-eyed monster is schadenfreude. ...more info>>>

Favourite Books

Money by Martin AmisMoney by Martin Amis

Money tells the story of, and is narrated by, John Self, a successful director of commercials who is invited to New York by Fielding Goodney, a film p......

London Fields by Martin AmisLondon Fields by Martin Amis

London Fields is a park in Hackney, East London, but the novel is set in west London, like most of Amis's work. The park in which the narrator, Sam, w......

Times Arrow by Martin AmisTime's Arrow by Martin Amis

Amis engages in several forms of reverse discourse including reverse dialogue, reverse narrative, and reverse explanation. Amis' use of these techniqu......

Experience by Martin AmisExperience by Martin Amis

Experience is a book of memoirs by the British author Martin Amis. The book was written primarily in response to the 1995 death of Amis' father, the f......

The Second Plane by Martin AmisThe Second Plane by Martin Amis

A non-fiction look at the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 in New York.......

House of Meetings by Martin AmisHouse of Meetings by Martin Amis

House of Meetings, by Martin Amis, is a 2006 novel about two brothers who share a common love interest while living in a Soviet gulag during the last ......

The Information by Martin AmisThe Information by Martin Amis

The Information is a 1995 novel by British writer Martin Amis. The plot involves two forty year old novelists, Gwyn Barry (successful) and Richard Tul......

Night Train by Martin AmisNight Train by Martin Amis

This book is told from the perspective of Detective Mike Hoolihan, a female detective who is charged with the task of finding the motivation for Jenni......

Heavy Water by Martin AmisHeavy Water by Martin Amis

Heavy Water and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by Martin Amis. It was first published in 1998 by Jonathan Cape. It includes "Denton......

Yellow Dog by Martin AmisYellow Dog by Martin Amis

Yellow Dog is the title of a 2003 novel by the British writer Martin Amis. Its setting, like many of Amis’s novels, is contemporary London. The novel ......

Other People by Martin AmisOther People by Martin Amis

Mary, an amnesiac young woman, wakes and tries to piece together her life while using a new identity. The book starts as a comedy, moving on to be a t......

The Book of Dave by Will SelfThe Book of Dave by Will Self

The Book of Dave is about an angry and mentally-ill London Taxi driver named Dave Rudman, who writes and has printed on metal a book of his rantings a......

Grey Area by Will SelfGrey Area by Will Self

Grey Area is the second collection of short stories by the author Will Self. The collection was first published in 1994. It comprises some of Self'......

Liver by Will SelfLiver by Will Self

"This inspired collection of four stories uses the liver as framework and controlling metaphor – there’s a tale for each lobe – but is less interested......

My Idea of Fun by Will SelfMy Idea of Fun by Will Self

Arguably Will Self's greatest novel (argued by me, Cynical Reviewer!). The first half of the novel is the best collection of words written by anyone ......

Cock and Bull by Will SelfCock and Bull by Will Self

Cock and Bull is the title of a volume composed of two novellas by Will Self, which includes the stories, Cock and Bull. The two stories are character......

Psycho Too by Will SelfPsycho Too by Will Self

Will Self and Ralph Steadman join forces once again in a further post-millennial meditation on the vexed relationship of psyche and place in a globali......

Dr Mukti and Other Tales of Woe by Will SelfDr Mukti and Other Tales of Woe by Will Self

Dr. Shiva Mukti is an overworked psychiatric doctor working in London. He feels dissatisfied. After an encounter with Dr Zack Busner the two begin tra......

How The Dead Live by Will SelfHow The Dead Live by Will Self

The story follows Lily Bloom's encounter with the afterlife after dying from cancer. After being transported to new lodgings near Dalston accompanied ......

Tough Tough Toys for Tough Tough Boys by Will SelfTough Tough Toys for Tough Tough Boys by Will Self

Young black brothers Danny and Tembe discover the eponymous rock behind a wall in their basement. They begin chipping off lumps and selling it, slowly......

Great Apes by Will SelfGreat Apes by Will Self

A man wakes up in a world where chimpanzees have evolved to be the dominant species with self-awareness, while humans are the equivalent of chimps in ......