The Tenth Man by Graham Greene

Graham Greene wrote The Tenth Man in 1944 when he was under a two-year contract with MGM. The manuscript lay forgotten in their archives until 1983 . It was published two years later. This story starts with 30 men in a German prison cell in occupied France. As a reprisal for three murders by theContinue reading “The Tenth Man by Graham Greene”

The Storyteller Essays by Walter Benjamin

These are interesting essays by Walter Benjamin who is now considered to have been the most important German literary critic in the first half of the 20th century. Born into a prosperous Jewish family, Benjamin studied philosophy in Berlin, Freiburg im Breisgau, Munich, and Bern. He settled in Berlin in 1920 and worked as aContinue reading “The Storyteller Essays by Walter Benjamin”

The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky

This is a compelling novel about The Gambler, Alexey Ivanovitch, who is working in the household of a Russian General – he was only promoted to this rank on his retirement – who is staying in a hotel in the fictional town of Roulettenburg. The others in the General’s party include the Frenchman Dr Grieux,Continue reading “The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky”

The Figure in the Dusk

John Creasey wrote more than six hundred novels using twenty-eight different pseudonyms during his career as a novelist. This is one of the Chief Inspector Roger West books known alternatively as ‘A Case for Inspector West’ in the UK. Members of an extended family are gradually being shot dead in their cars and houses inContinue reading “The Figure in the Dusk”

The Death of Ahasuerus by Par Lagerkvist

This book is rather different from other books you’ll read. It’s the third novel in a series that began with Barabbas and The Sibyl. Ahasuerus is mentioned in certain Old Testament books such as Esther and numerous scholars have proposed theories as to who Ahasuerus represents – most identify him with Xerxes I. However theContinue reading “The Death of Ahasuerus by Par Lagerkvist”

Not on Any Map

These places will NOT be found on any map or in any atlas. This book describes a large number of little-known tourist sights from around the world. A book for the discerning traveller who has been everywhere else. Read about the earwax museum called Monsieur Tussauds in London and the unhappy beaches of The Maldives.Continue reading “Not on Any Map”

Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan

This novel is set in a small town in Ireland and follows the thoughts of Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant who is married with five daughters. He works hard but life is still a struggle and it seems to him that he is existing rather than living. The essence of Bill Furlong isContinue reading “Small Things Like These by Claire Keegan”

Time Traveller’s Diary

The Greeks were going to use a real horse at Troy until… This is the diary of a time-travelling health and safety executive who tries to stop accidents through history before they happen. If Dr Who can travel in time then why can’t a Health and Safety Exec do the same? The Exec influences theContinue reading “Time Traveller’s Diary”

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Aldous should have toned down his inclination to use his wide vocabulary in favour of a more mantra-like style that would have been more in keeping with the ideas in the book. This book describes a bland yet menacing society where spontaneous and creative ideas and thoughts are no longer tolerated due to the rearingContinue reading “Brave New World by Aldous Huxley”