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November 18, 2018

(Clockwise from top left): Sterling Hayden, Henry Gibson, Nina van Pallant

This summer, I read for the first time Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, the late masterpiece from perhaps the most celebrated mystery writer. Alongside the trademark pulp dialogue was the (se...

March 4, 2018


Len Deighton's London Dossier is a guide book from 1967, with stunning Penguin design (the cover flap lifts to reveal a photograph of Twiggy). The content of the book is every chapter is prefaced by writing from Deighton (riding high from the wave of success his debut...

November 14, 2017

I recently finished reading I Read the News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard. Subtitled The Short and Gilded Life of Tara Browne, the Man Who Inspired the Beatles' Greatest Song (and breathe out), I highly recommend seeking out a copy.

It's, as the subtitle suggests, a biog...

March 11, 2017

Having long been a fan of the kitchen sink dramas of the 1960's, I finally got around to reading two books by Alan Sillitoe, a highly-influential figure in the movement. Starting with his short story collection The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, I got cau...

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