A look at stuff that’s been experienced first hand.


I’ve recently finished reading the Horatio Hornblower books by C.S.Forester. 11 books indispersed around all the other books I’ve read over the last 6 months. After a while I realised I was addicted to a finite resource so I spread them amongst other reading. The series following the life of a Royal Naval officer from the late 1700’s to the… Read more →

Glade Festival 2009

Got back from Glade festival yesterday afternoon. Superb weekend. I’ve never seen a venue so geographically perfect for a festival as that place. A natural huge amphitheatre who’s crucible was filled with about 10 PA tents, out-door rigs, one main stage and about 100 or so side shows, bars, food joints, shops 10,000 ravers and assorted curiosities. The quality of… Read more →

God's Own Country

God’s Own Country

God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin This is the kind of book will stick in your memory for a long time. It draws you in from the outset, not reveling any precedence or hints as to the type of book you’re about to get into. It’s a thing of beauty yet shocking and chilling. Quite a short book of brilliant… Read more →

India books

I seem to have developed a liking for books set (wholly, or in part) in India. Perhaps it’s the incredible diversity of the place where it’s culture, it’s people and religions saturate and permeate each other like no other place on Earth. Some of the notable titles on my ‘India List’ would be The Life of Pi (a book I… Read more →



Shantaram by, by Gregory David Roberts Finished reading this fantastic book last night. It’s a truly epic saga, a doorstop of a book that I’ve been draggin round with me for the last month or so – nearly a thousand pages of small type single spaced lines. I’ve often thought and said “You can judge a book by it’s cover”…. Read more →

Blind Faith

Blind Faith by Ben Elton I picked up this book from the exotic shores of the ASDA book isle. I was in a book doldrum after finishing a run of cracking titles, everything I picked up seemed to fall short. I decided to donate some of my downtime (of which there is less than I’d like to be these days)… Read more →


Absurdistan by Gary ShteyngartThe premise for this book is along the lines of an overweight Jewish Russian wanabe American called Misha Vainberg who happens to be the son of one of the richest men in Russia. The brilliantly researched and presented story harks back to the might of the old Soviet oligarchy with some fascinating insights into the often corrupt… Read more →