Book Review: Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Smoke by Dan Vyleta conjures up an almost Dickensian London with an original premise of the depiction of sin through smoke being emitted from the body. We join two boys, Charlie and Thomas, with different upbringings at a private boarding school where the students are taught how sinning is evil and the smoke that emits from … Continue reading Book Review: Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Why You Should Re-Read A Book 

Last week, Julian Barnes wrote about how he viewed EM Forster's A Passage to India quite differently when he re-read it as an adult which has led him to question the "speedy judgement" of his youth. This got me thinking about the benefits of re-reading a book.  I love a good re-read.  The reasons I love revisiting books are: … Continue reading Why You Should Re-Read A Book 

Book Review: High Rise by J G Ballard

"Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months." This, is how JG Ballard's novel begins.  What follows is chaos.  Absolute and utter dystopian chaos. Briefly, the book centres around Dr Robert … Continue reading Book Review: High Rise by J G Ballard