Date Archives December 2009

After 11 months in front of a computer screen, I am taking some time off. Many thanks for all your wonderful, thought-provoking comments over the year, and wishing you all a happy holiday season and a great 2010. See you next year!!

“Netherland” by Joseph O’Neill

The narrative style was very interesting in this book. In the present, Hans van den Broek is at home with his wife Rachel in London, receiving a phone call to say that his old friend Chuck Ramkissoon has been found murdered in New York. The novel is written more or less as Hans would have thought about Chuck after that phone call – in a jumble of memories, chronologically haphazard and leaping from one anecdote to another more by association than logic. Surprisingly, it works very well. Even though the… Read More

Prize draw to win books

OK, I haven’t done any self-promotion on here for a while, so here goes: BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! Thank you. The reason for this outburst is that my publisher is running a special promotion today – if you buy On the Holloway Road through their website, you get entered into a prize draw to win “a hoard of Legend Press books”. Your purchase also counts as a vote for my book – they’re featuring a different book each day throughout December, and the most popular… Read More

“The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga

I didn’t like this book when I started it. Even when I was browsing it in the bookshop, I wasn’t that keen – I only bought it because it was half-price and it had won the Booker Prize. Surprising, then, that it ended up being one of the best books I’ve read in recent months. The style grated initially. It’s written as a series of letters from an Indian entrepreneur to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and starts off full of stuff like “Let me tell you about my admiration for… Read More