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Video review of Toast by Nigel Slater: my latest food memoir read

Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger by Nigel Slater is the latest food memoir that I have read. I’m a fan of Heat by Bill Buford, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and The Hungry Years by William Leith. This memoir is a little softer than those three but that’s part of its appeal. Slater […]

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C.S. Forester’s lost crime novel, The Pursued

The Independent has a little review of The Pursued by C.S. Forester. It’s a ‘lost’ novel in that it was actually lost. Forester wrote the crime novel as Cecil Louis Troughton Smith in 1935 but then it was misplaced. I wonder where it went. The manuscript didn’t turn up until 2002. Of course, Forester is […]

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Hunger Games Trailer – Movie Preview

Watch the official trailer for The Hunger Games movie by Suzanne Collins.

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Review of It’s Fine by Me by Per Petterson

The Daily Telegraph carries a review of It’s Fine by Me by Per Petterson. Fans of Out Stealing Horses will be tempted to take a look. This new novel is a coming-of-age story featuring 13-year-old Auden Sletten in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Auden’s older brother has drowned in a car accident and it […]

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Review of Stephen King’s 11.22.63

Mark Lawson reviews Stephen King’s latest book in The Guardian. Sadly, it has a rubbish title that’s right up with It in terms of naming nonsense. 11.22.63 is King’s take on the assassination of US president John F Kennedy. People are commonly said to remember their location when told of President John F Kennedy’s assassination, […]

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The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Night Eternal, the final instalment in the vampire trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan is out today. The first two books, The Strain and the Fall, were real page-turners.

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Video review of Posters of the Canadian Pacific

This video review showcases some beautiful, beautiful posters. I found Posters of the Canadian Pacific by Marc H. Choko & David L. Jones to be hard to put down. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company was hailed as one of the wonders of modern travel. The Canadian Pacific […]

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Video review of illustrated edition of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau & Scot Miller

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau is one of the great travel books. Published in 1865, Thoreau describes the natural environment and people of ‘the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts’ during three short visits to Cape Cod spread over six years. A first edition will cost over $1200 but a great alternative is the […]

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Cool scooters galore – a video review of Vespa: Style in Motion

My acting talents have gone from strength to strength since we started making videos. In this one, you’ll see an Oscar-nominated ‘walk across the parking lot’ from me and then lots of useful information about a great book called Vespa: Style in Motion (it’s basically a biography of the famous Vespa scooter). Watch out for […]

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Video review of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Beth offers this review of Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese – this author’s debut novel. But you don’t have to take her opinion. Listen to a man called John Irving, who knows a thing or two about writing memorable fiction. “That Abraham Verghese is a doctor and a writer is already established; the miracle […]

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