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The Story's Always Better Than The Truth
August 2012
 
 
 
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Wed, Aug. 1st, 2012 03:12 pm

This Is Not The End of the Book, by Umberto Eco, Jean-Claude Carriere, Jean-Philippe de Tonnac and Polly McLean

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Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science, by Jim Al-Khalili

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River of Smoke, by Amitav Ghosh

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Bad News, by Edward St Aubyn

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HHhH, by Laurent Binet

Not the Second Coming it has sometimes been reviewed as, but this is still a tightly written, sly little book. I've written about it here.

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Wed, Nov. 2nd, 2011 01:35 pm

The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness

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The Universe of Things, by Gwyneth Jones

For a review in Foundation.

Bound for Glory, by Woody Guthrie

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Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

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Sat, Jan. 1st, 2011 09:14 pm

As for several years previously now, here are twenty songs of 2010 which - whilst in many cases not the best - are indubitably the ones that got their hooks into me this year. Enjoy. The first ten are available in ZIP format here.

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Part II coming in a few days - grab the ZIP while you can.

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Wed, Sep. 1st, 2010 08:12 pm

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell

A bit special. More here.

Trespass, by Rose Tremain

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The Secret Agent, by Joseph Conrad

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Love and Summer, by William Trevor

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The Best of Larry Niven, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Not without its strengths, but deadeningly limited. For Strange Horizons review.

Current Mood: blank blank
Current Music: Small Faces

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Thu, Jan. 1st, 2009 08:32 pm

Over on YouSendIt is the second half of that list of my twenty songs of 2008. For those of you who enjoyed, derided or simply ignored the last batch, get this lot before apathy gets you.

My often off-base reasonings are, predictably enough, below the cut.

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Current Mood: okay okay
Current Music: Mumford and Sons - White Blank Page

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Mon, Aug. 27th, 2007 05:22 pm

It has come to my attention that my EP, On Someone, is now available to buy via iTunes.

This is of course quite cool - though I'll make far less money per sale than I do from selling the CD direct, it gives me the opportunity to get the music out there more widely than before. To this end, you can help me out, if you fancy it. First, of course, if you are a technophile type and haven't got my CD yet, you can buy it from iTunes.

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Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Arcade Fire - Neon Bible

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Sat, Jun. 23rd, 2007 01:58 pm

In a conversation with James Shapiro printed in the programme of his RSC production of King Lear, Sir Trevor Nunn (for it is he), says, "This is absolutely central to me, because I find no sense of divine justice [in the text]." For anyone who saw the production, just finished at the Courtyard theatre in Stratford and about to set off on a world tour, the fact that Nunn characterises the play by an absence rather than a presence isn't much of a surprise.

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Current Mood: disappointed disappointed
Current Music: Tom T Hall - Fox On The Run

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