Hot off the press this month is Robert MacFarlane’s latest work Underland.
Robert is one of the finest writers
about landscape & history right now. His earlier works & writing style
were an inspiration for 26 Steps. Now, like the Jam, he is going underground to
make sense of the world from the hidden layers & spaces underneath our
Truly an explorer, a psycho
geographer, a philosopher – and such a fine writer. If you cannot find joy in
his prose, maybe you are 6 feet under ready 😉
Hayley Atwell shines in this
no-nonsense rare revival of an Ibsen classic. It ticks all the Ibsen boxes:
proto feminist trapped in gilded cage; stirrings of revolution; repressed
sexual yearning; a final act shocking disclosure. Its storyline of political
manipulation, extreme politics and fake news no doubt selected it for reviving.
I found it overly melodramatic and not all performances uniform, but Atwell is
excellent. The critics are loving it.
– Philip Parker
I’ve been watching Neil
Gaiman on Masterclass.com – teaching the art of
storytelling. As you’d expect, it’s intense and engaging, entertaining and a
bit like sitting opposite him as he chats to you one-to-one. The site is
brilliant, I’ve already lined up a whole load of people to watch including
Santana (not) teaching guitar and Hans Zimmer on composing film scores.
– Ed Prichard
especially enjoyed A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. This is a particularly
delicious example of metafiction, following the literary career of Maurice
Swift, an arch opportunist with a Machiavellian bent for furthering his own
interests, who makes his way into the ranks of the literati. There is a
marvellous cameo appearance by Gore Vidal in characteristically caustic mode,
and the author manages to poke gentle fun at the literary establishment in
general, and prize panels in particular.
– Ian Brydon
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