The Secret Footballer by The Secret Footballer

I had this great idea, about fifteen years ago, that when I finally wrote a novel I would do so anonymously. Not that I had any great need of anonymity, I didn’t have anything to hide or anything to protect. It just seemed like a cool device. Something to break the fourth wall and haveContinue reading “The Secret Footballer by The Secret Footballer”

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

After finishing this book I went and had a look around the internet for other peoples thoughts on it and found one review on goodreads saying that this book isn’t proper Magic Realism. I’m going to disagree and say that that is exactly what this book is. It is the story of a girl, toldContinue reading “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender”

1Q84 books 1 and 2, Haruki Murakami

Recently I have paying more attention to the one star reviews on amazon than the five star ones. It’s not as negative as it sounds, I have found that gauging what the one stars are saying can give an interesting perspective. Five star reviews can be a bit gushy, but if they are tempered byContinue reading “1Q84 books 1 and 2, Haruki Murakami”

Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman

  A debut novel can be the purest glimpse into the mind of a writer. Before becoming saddled with the weight of expectation and an awareness of having to live up to what came before, the debut can seem like an unshackled, carefree, gleefully¬†un-self-conscious¬†thing. Boxer, Beetle is like this. It reads like Beauman had aContinue reading “Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman”