A story that speaks for our time, or a tackless redemption story? “Munich: The Edge of War” was released on Netflix and at selected cinemas at the end of January 2022. It stars George Mackay as Hugh Legat (a fictional English civil servant) and Jannis Niewöhner as Paul Hartmann (a German diplomat) with Jeremy IronsContinue reading “Robert Harris’s “Munich” Review”
When I first saw this book laid out on the spotlighted tables of Waterstones it stood out to me, not just because of its fairly striking yellow spine, but because of its seemingly sensationalist title – Why the Germans do it better. Unlike my title for this post, Kampfner went with something bold, brave andContinue reading “Do the Germans Do it Better? | First thoughts on John Kampfner’s latest Book”
J. K Rowling’s series of Harry Potter books are arguably the most popular books of the twenty first century so far, both for adults and children. Originally published in the children’s section with brightly coloured illustrations of the fantastic, the covers soon got a paired-back refresh to sit a bit closer to the adult shelves.Continue reading “Reading Harry Potter for the First Time at 20…”
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – a philosophical novel looking at regret and happiness. The Midnight Library is Matt Haig’s most recent bestselling novel, claiming the top spot of the New York Times bestseller list for 34 weeks. Like Matt Haig’s previous bestseller How to Stop Time in which a man that has livedContinue reading “The Midnight Library: Worth the Hype?”
Reading short fiction can be a great way to introduce yourself to new authors or to get yourself out of a reading rut. There is such a sense of accomplishment when you get to that last page of a book and can tick it off the list. But recently I’ve been reaching for the longerContinue reading “Reading 5 books in a day & other short fiction on my TBR pile”
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro – an exploration in what it means to be human through the lens of AI. Klara and the Sun is Kazuo Ishiguro’s most recent anticipated novel and his first novel since 2015. Like his other work, Ishiguro explores what it means to be human but in a new sci-fiContinue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Klara and The Sun”
Why you should read Rutger Bregmans latest ‘masterful’ and ‘challenging’ book Humankind: a hopeful history.