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A legacy of Spies – John Le Carre

The best Le Carre in years. Do you need to have read his earlier books to get the most out of this, maybe but not absolutely necessary.

Is John Le Carre the best living English novelist – I’d say yes, I think you could even argue the case he is the best English novelist of the last 60 years.

He chronicles the venalities, corruptions and compromises power makes with itself to sustain itself better than anyone else


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Insidous Intent – Val McDermid

Latest Tony Hill (who I can never read about without picturing Robson Greene, there’s the power of TV for you) and Carol Jordan.

OK and the story rattles along but not one of her best. The usual now compulsory twist at the end, which I think most people will see coming.

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The Young’uns at the Union Chapel

Sean Cooney is possibly the most earnest man in music and I doubt he has ever meet anyone who wasn’t “amazing”. That said how were they. Lots of new self penned songs, which are good but see comments above. Plus some older, traditional songs, so how were they. As usual very, very good and great fun.

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The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

His latest book, The Sparsholt Affair was described as being about sexuality, art and family secrets. That seems like a pretty good description of this one, his debut, too.

Very good by the way


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The Feast of Saint Dionysus – Robert Silverberg

Collection of 5 (minor) Silverberg short stories

Very good, bought in the second-hand shop

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Just watched the final episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale.

I thought it was billiant from start to finish

Also the last episode finished with my favourite song of all time

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Die of Shame – Mark Billingham

Not one of the Thorne novels. Cliche alert a real page turner, rattles along at a tremnedous pace. Thoroughly entertaining and recommended

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The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge

So what’s it about, secrets and scandals, H.P. Lovecraft, stories, psychiatry, obsession and how if you don’t like the story of your life tell a different one.

One of the best books I have read this year, highly recommended.

Food Standards

Hmmm… chlorinated chicken.

Most people in Britain don’t give a toss about how the meat they eat is reared and processed. If we did we wouldn’t eat half the crap we do.

Lets be honest about it, if after Brexit food prices rise most people won’t care where their chicken comes from, how it was reared, killed and processed. Just so long as it is cheap.


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To the Roundhouse to see Daniel Kitson. Standup rather than one of his theatrical pieces (though to be honest still quite theatrical in places).

Still contained a lot of his usual themes, very good though and very funny