AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD by JOHN LE CARRE

What an interesting read “Agent running in the field” is. Not that one would expect anything less from John Le Carré, but this latest addition to the world of spy fiction has a powerful parallel leitmotiv running through the book, that drives the plot. It is Brexit, and how Britain …

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins

The eternal dilemma of reviewing a thriller. How to tell the reader something meaningful about the story without spoiling things?  How to praise a book sufficiently without revealing the plot? Because if ever there is a smashing read, it’s “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, a brilliantly crafted …

JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI by GEOFF DYER

Reading this funny, clever book about Venice and Varanasi, the two ultimate water-based dramatic, atmospheric, crumbling cities, whilst on holiday in Varanasi made the whole experience that much more fun.  If not a little bizarre. Adding to the deliciousness of it all, I’d literally just read the incident in the …