Review: The People’s Act Of Love by James Meek

[Fiction – 2005] The Siberian wastes of Russia where this novel is set are cold, bleak wastelands where people freeze to death all the time. That is just how this novel left me… freezing cold. A few pages in and I was wondering why anyone should feel the need to rewrite Doctor Zhivago. At timesContinue reading “Review: The People’s Act Of Love by James Meek”

From The Archive: So, This is Real Life

From The Archive is a special Friday feature. It features posts from my earlier (now-deleted) blog: Stuff & Nonsense and a few items from previous versions of A Tangled Rope that I feel deserve reprinting here, mainly as a way of archiving them. The dates are only approximate, I’m afraid, and there is a possibilityContinue reading “From The Archive: So, This is Real Life”

Review: First Lady – Michael Dobbs

[Fiction – 2006] The brooding shadow of that magnificently Machiavellian creation Francis Urquhart seems to hang over all of Michael Dobbs subsequent fiction, with nothing he has written since the House of Cards trilogy coming close to matching it. Despite that, this novel is still a great page-turning read. With Ginny Edge, the central characterContinue reading “Review: First Lady – Michael Dobbs”

Review: One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson

[Fiction – 2006] A road rage incident is witnessed by a queue of people outside a lunchtime show at the Edinburgh Festival. The novel weaves together the seemingly disparate stories of some of the witnesses, all increasingly interlinking as the narrative unfolds. The characters themselves at first, each in their seemingly disjointed and episodic narratives,Continue reading “Review: One Good Turn – Kate Atkinson”

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