The Good Earth

I find it puzzling that this was a bestseller when it was published in 1932. It’s the - very readable - story of a dirt-poor northern Chinese farmer in 1910 or so, who starts the story with nothing but a small plot of land. He then takes a wife and begins a family, survives a …

Very Naughty Boys

Handmade Films were behind some of the most striking movies of the 1980s: Life of Brian, The Missionary, A Private Function, Mona Lisa and Bellman & True. Plus several weird (Track 29), misjudged (Privates on Parade) and just rather tired (Water) failures. This is a brisk, very readable account of how it all started (George …