Outposts

Simon Winchester is one of my favourite writers. I buy everything he writes as it’s published, without bothering to read any reviews. What I admire most is his ability to build a compelling narrative; whether he’s writing about composing a dictionary, building the Erie Canal, investigating the geology of Britain or developments in the Pacific …

2019 Favourites

The ones I enjoyed the most, in no order at all, but starting with the best cover. What We Have Lost Twin Peaks - The Secret History Twin Peaks - The Final Dossier Denial The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Whicker's War

Is Alan Whicker beginning to be a forgotten name? I hope not, since he always had an eye for a memorable moment and he always kept the focus of his stories on the people he was talking about. No relentless cutaways to show him nodding or smiling or looking moved. The only downside to this …

The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year

Sue Townsend was treasured for being ‘funny’. Endorsements on her books always talk about ‘howling’ with laughter and throw such words as ‘uproarious’ and ‘laugh-out-loud’ around with abandon. I think they’re missing the point. Sue Townsend’s book are funny. They do make you laugh. But to ignore the underlying seriousness of them all does them …