The Only Story

If you’re in your 20s, you probably won’t get this. If you’re in your 30s, you probably won’t want to. When you reach your 40s, it may well resemble a toothache you’d like to ignore but can’t. Over 50, you’ll most likely have amassed enough experience of your own to know that this is simply …

Just an Ordinary Day

I always though Shirley Jackson wrote The Lottery – one of the 20th century’s most anthologized short stories – and The Haunting of Hill House, then died at the age of 48 and it was all a terrible waste of an enormously promising career. Wrong. This woman wrote. In her short life – and while …

The Partner

I continue to admire John Grisham. He has a startling ability to keep you turning the pages, to make you want to read ‘just one more chapter’ until your eyelids droop and you can’t keep the words in focus anymore. A lot of it’s pacing. He never repeats an incident; something new is always happening. …