Books I reviewed in February (and some I didn’t)

OK, I’m trying to keep up with this thing of listing the books I’ve reviewed and the ones that I didn’t get to read yet because I was too busy reading books for review. I’m not complaining likes, gotta get paid and all that.

Anyway, here’s the list for February:

Edited by John Brockman, How is the Internet Changing the Way You Think? (Atlantic) – Reviewed for The Independent on Sunday. Welcome to the future, baby. Bit of a mindfuck, very eye-opening, but also a bit repetitive.

Shalom Auslander, Hope: A Tragedy (Picador) – Reviewed for The Independent on Sunday. A different review from my one for The List, obviously. Still the same great comedy novel about a man who finds Anne Frank hiding in his attic.

Louis Barfe, the Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson (Atlantic) – Reviewed for Big Issue magazine, not online. A frank account of one of the UK’s most iconic comedians and curmudgeonly bastards.

Paul Watson, Up Pohnpei (Profile) – Reviewed for Big Issue magazine, not online. A really sweet little book about a random football fan (comedian Mark Watson’s brother) who went to Micronesia and ended up managing the national team of Pohnpei. All about real football.

Colm Toibin, New Ways to Kill Your Mother (Viking) – Reviewed for The Independent on Sunday. An intriguing and always well informed series of essays on writers and their families. Clever man.

Edited by Toby Manhire, The Arab Spring ( Guardian Books) – Reviewed for Big Issue magazine, not online. Really powerful collection of articles on last year’s remarkable events in the Middle East and North Africa. Also contains a brilliant edited selection of The Guardian’s live blog on the events.

I just noticed only one of these is fiction. Interesting, if you find that sort of thing interesting. I also notice these are all written or edited by men. Also interesting, if you think that’s interesting. These are both probably topics for another blog post. I do try to pitch a balanced list of titles to editors, you just never know what you’re going to get commissioned to cover.

While I was reviewing all of them, there were a few others I really wanted to – that To Be Read pile is getting bigger:

Nick Harkaway, Angelmaker (William Heinemann)
Elmore Leonard, Raylan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Stav Sherez, A Dark Redemption (Faber)

So, that was Feb. Highlights of March could be Dan Rhodes, Chris Pavone and Walter Mosley, but what do I know?

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2 Responses to Books I reviewed in February (and some I didn’t)

  1. Louis Barfe says:

    Hello Doug. Thanks for the very fair review of my Dawson book. Much appreciated.

  2. doug johnstone says:

    My pleasure, Louis. I’ve greatly enjoyed your other books too.

    All best, Doug

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