Book Review: The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik

It’s taken me over three months to complete this book. Not because it is long, but because it is a book about one of the most important issues of human history. Like most non-fiction, you can’t fly through it; it requires deep thought and much soul-searching. No matter which angle you approach this from, no matter your belief, it requires no less than complete attention. I read a little each night, absorb it, and then move on to the next section/chapter. Continue reading “Book Review: The Quest for a Moral Compass by Kenan Malik”


Book Review: Uncanny Valley by Gregory Miller

I’ve gone off short story collections in recent years. I can’t help feeling that modern writers have lost the art of succinctness and good old-fashioned storytelling required of a short piece. Yet Uncanny Valley caught my eye thanks to the unique selling point. It claims to be a collection of short stories sent in to a competition. Continue reading “Book Review: Uncanny Valley by Gregory Miller”

Book Review: Fighting Back by Frank Bruno

Broo-no, Broo-no! People of a certain age will remember that chant, probably even shouted it at the television on more than one occasion. Frank Bruno is an icon of British sport – well-known and adored by millions around the globe. Even the American audience chanted his name on home turf against one of their own (Mike Tyson). This is the story of “Big Frank” in his words. Continue reading “Book Review: Fighting Back by Frank Bruno”

Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

This is the sequel that most King fans have awaited for years – a follow-up to the events of one of his most iconic and best-loved books. Set several decades after the events at the Overlook Hotel, Daniel Torrence is now in his 30s and desperately trying to escape his haunted past. Yet he has never been able to do so. He still sees the woman in the bathtub and some of the other ghosts from the long-gone hotel. Continue reading “Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King”

Book Review: Emperor #5: The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden

Imagine my delight and surprise to learn that Conn Iggulden was to write a fifth book in the series about the life of Julius Caesar. I read the first four around 15 years ago shortly after their release. I thought, as many no doubt did, that that was that – Caesar dead, story over. But no. This fifth book in the series follows Octavian (later to become Emperor Augustus) as he sets about righting the wrongs of the senate. Continue reading “Book Review: Emperor #5: The Blood of Gods by Conn Iggulden”

Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan

It’s around 18 months since I completed another book on North Korea – Nothing to Envy. I bought this around the same time. It’s one of the most famous accounts from anyone who lived inside the country and spent time at one of the many notorious gulags. Kang Chol-Hwan was just a boy when his sister, his parents and grandparents were taken to Yodok for 10 years of harrowing incarceration. Continue reading “Book Review: Aquariums of Pyongyang by Kang Chol-Hwan”

Book Review: Survivors by Terry Nation

This is the original book on which two BBC TV series were based. The first ran for three seasons between 1975-77. The second ran for two seasons between 2008-10 before being killed on a cliffhanger. Post-apocalyptic stories are nothing new and the idea behind it is one of the most enduring – a disease that wipes out 99.99% of the population. Continue reading “Book Review: Survivors by Terry Nation”

Book Review: Deck Z by Chris Pauls & Matt Solomon

What happened to the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic? Did it strike an iceberg and sink in the early hours of 15th April 1912? Did it actually go down in history as the worst maritime disaster ever? Yes, we know this is the case. But what happened in the hours leading up to that fateful night. Some say the official events don’t match up to what really happened. Continue reading “Book Review: Deck Z by Chris Pauls & Matt Solomon”