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Belinda Bauer, ‘The Shut Eye’ (2015)

Last month my wife and I went to see the mentalist Derren Brown live, a belated birthday treat. As expected it was an amazing evening, made even more so when I was invited up on stage and became part of the show. It was an extraordinary experience, one that I tried to experience every second … Continue reading

Danny Rhodes, ‘Fan’ (2014)

Reviewing a book you really enjoyed can be difficult because there’s so much to talk about. You fall under the spell not just of the language, the plot or the characters, but the whole package. So it is with Danny Rhodes’ Fan, a remarkable evocation of the pre-Premiership era of English football. This is a … Continue reading

Judy Melinek & T. J. Mitchell, ‘Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner’ (2014)

‘Your faithful golden retriever might sit next to your dead body for days, starving, but the tabby won’t. Your pet cat will eat you right away, with no qualms at all. Like any opportunistic scavenger, it will start with your eyeballs and lips. I’ve seen the result.‘ Regular visitors to this parish will know that … Continue reading