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  • Review: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

    Crime fiction, especially cosy mysteries, aren’t my thing, but I read this one because it was written by Richard Osman. Whatever he’s on, he comes across as a genuinely caring, intelligent and funny chap, and these attributes made it onto the pages too – the writing is flowing, witty and often contains charming turns of […]

  • Review: Hope in Hell: A decade to confront the climate emergency by Jonathon Porritt

    Most environmental books make for a bleak read – they tend to focus on the failure of previous governments to engage, and due to the ignorant deniers and the political lobbying they prophesize doom and gloom and the end of civilisation. Hope in Hell isn’t immune to this, but it presents a far more balanced […]

  • Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

    Remote, by Jason Fried and DHH (the founders of 37signals/Basecamp), justifies the benefits of home working and offers some sensible procedures and techniques to ensure you and your team remain integrated and productive. The book is written as a series of short essays, all raising issues and skimming over solutions. There’s little depth – if […]

  • Review: Metropolis: A History of Humankind’s Greatest Invention by Ben Wilson

    Interestingly, after completing Metropolis, I picked up Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, which talks-up home/remote working. Early on in that book, they predicted the working from home movement (greatly accelerated by Covid19) would result in the decline of cities – people would choose to live in cheaper, larger properties out of the […]

  • Review: To Be a Man by Nicole Krauss

    This is the first book by Nicole Krauss I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. This collection of short stories have mostly been printed elsewhere, so fans of her writing may have read them before. The stories, Jewish influenced, explore relationships – the coming together and drifting apart. They’re quirky but intelligent, the […]

  • Review: The Art of Doing Nothing and Something: Pottering as a Cure for Modern Life by Anna McGovern

    One of the most silliest, most oddest, most charming books you’ll read. When, in the opening pages, I was given detailed instructions on how to make a cup of tea, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. By the end, I got it. Not one to read cover to cover in one sitting, just pick […]

  • Review: Idle Hands by Cassondra Windwalker

    An interesting, but flawed book. Perdie is a victim of domestic violence, and with Ella (the Devil) looking over her shoulder, waiting to influence outcomes, she has an opportunity to try a different route through her life. Interesting, because it was a good idea, kind of like a Sliding Doors concept. Flawed, because I felt […]

  • Review: How Should One Read a Book? by Virginia Woolf

    An interesting speech given by Virginia Woolf to some students, edited into an essay. A quick half hour read, lovely for free, not sure I’d feel the same after paying the £7 price tag… Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review. See review on Goodreads.

  • Review: Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

    This is a fantastic read. Bregman’s premise is that humans are a pretty decent species, and not the monsters that the media portrays through dodgy reporting and dubious science. The sections where he tears into widely reported examples of human selfishness and aggression – such as the Stanford Prison Experiment, the Milgram experiment, the self-destruction […]

  • Review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, Geoffrey Trousselot

    Before the Coffee Gets Cold is definitely a marmite book – you’ll hate it or love it. The story is undeniably charming, well structured and original. The issue is with the writing. Forget what you’ve been told about good writing – “don’t jump point of view”, “show, don’t tell”, “trust the intelligence of the reader” […]