Monthly Archives: December 2013

The best Christmas song ever

This is so amazing – best vocal harmonies in the world. Happy Festivus, peeps! Advertisements

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Five albums I’ve loved this year

I don’t do music journalism anymore, and one of the nice upshots of that is that I’ve reverted to loving music like a fan again. I’ve listened to tons of stuff old and new, not being arsed about whatever is … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Books of the Year

OK, so here are my top ten novels of the year. Lemme know what you think, and what your own favourites are. I won’t write much about each here, but you can click on the book covers for my reviews … Continue reading

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My reviews of Sarah Pinborough and Kelly Braffet novels in The Big Issue magazine

Aye so, here are my last proper book reviews of the year in The Big Issue, before all the ‘books of the year’ shenanigans start. Very different novels from Sarah Pinborough and Kelly Braffet, but both mighty impressive in their own … Continue reading

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A handful of new reviews for Gone Again

The mass market paperback edition of Gone Again came out back in November, and it got a handful of very good reviews here and there. I’ve only just got round to getting them together, so here they are below. There … Continue reading

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My review of Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks

Aye so, I was asked to review this by The Independent on Sunday. I enjoyed the Wodehouse books as a kid, but I wouldn’t say I was slavishly a fan or anything. Either way you look at it, though, this ‘homage’ … Continue reading

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Reviews of Metallica and Alan McGee books in the Big Issue

‘Metal up your ass’. Guess who’s catchphrase that was, Metallica or Alan McGee? Correct. Last month saw a couple of pretty interesting music tomes out, Birth School Metallica Death (Faber) by Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood and Alan McGee’s autobiography, Creation … Continue reading

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