Archive for Books
Charles Clarke's edited collection is an interesting read - as long as you don't expect it to deliver on the book's title.
It's normally a pretty good sign when a book has reached its third edition, and the Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture is no exception. Though smaller that a normal book, it's still pretty big for a pocket - but worth lugging round as it's packed full of interesting profiles of Chicago's most famous and striking buildings.
Anthony Price's thriller Our Man in Camelot is quintessential Price, as if all his other David Audley novels had been boiled down into one concentrated example.
The idea behind I’ve Never Seen Star Wars is brilliantly simple: get a famous person into a studio to do a series of common things that many people have done, but which they happen to have not done - such as never having seen the film Star Wars.
There is much more about jazz than I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue in it, yet despite being a great fan of the latter and mostly uninterested in the former (unless it is being performed by one of my nephews) I still found it a fun read.
The Guardian's recent feature, A book that changed me: we want your choices, got me thinking about which book most influenced my political views.
The 1987 Tour de France saw Irishman Stephen Roche triumph, including one of the most memorable scenes in the Tour's history - his dramatic recovery during the stage to La Plagne, followed by his physical collapse after he crossed the finishing line.
How much you will enjoy the book depends very much on how much you want to read about the Liberal Democrats or to read political analysis.
You certainly shouldn't take as an instruction manual Ryan Holiday's accounts of how he regularly manipulated, bamboozled and fooled bloggers and the media into running false, exaggerated and self-serving stories.
The newly updated paperback version of Damian McBride's book adds but a little to the original hardback edition.