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When a band are as truly original as this lot, it becomes difficult to describe them well without resorting to inaccurate comparisons, but here goes… Glassglue are a four-piece featuring Marcel Stoetzler on vocals, who retains his native German accent and has a charismatically unpretty voice which can, nevertheless, hit some difficult notes. Matthew Karas alternates bet... Read more of this blog post »
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Shaw's second novel tells the story of a troubled doctor who has been working in Africa and has returned to England to be awarded a knighthood. His problems stem partly from his alcoholic father who died prematurely (like Shaw's) and partly because o ...more
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I've never rated Ustinov highly as an actor as I've found the performances of his that I've seen to be clever but somewhat superficial. I can't remember ever feeling moved by him in a film and I've got little time for all that Hercule Poirot shite. H ...more
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Apparently this is Richard Price attempting a more mainstream novel than usual, for the purpose of which he decided to use the pseudonym Harry Brandt, but later changed his mind as everyone knew it was him anyway...

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I think Endo's best work is probably as a novelist, but this is still a strong collection of typically guilt-laden short stories. For me, the first one was the weakest as it covered very similar ground to 'Silence' but did not really add anything new ...more
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Turns out Bruce is equally as good a writer of prose as he is of songs, and in this book he generously tells you pretty much everything you might want to know. For me, the most interesting part was about his early struggles to make it as a musician, ...more
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“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
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M.R. Dowsing Hi Nathan. No I haven't read everything, not by a long shot - there are loads of 'em! I'd strongly recommend The First Men In The Moon and The Invisible Man though if you haven't read them yet. His SF short stories are really good too and I also like The War In The Air. The Food Of The Gods was disappointing though, although it started well...


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M.R. Dowsing I haven't read Queer but I've read the others - all good choices I reckon! 1984's so depressing though... Have you read Coming Up For Air? That's probably my favourite Orwell and shows he could be funny too.


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M.R. Dowsing That's a toughie! At the moment, though, I'd say maybe "All The King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren, "Under The Volcano" by Malcolm Lowry, "Three Days Before The Shooting" by Ralph Ellison, "Silence" by Shusaku Endo and "Sometime A Great Notion" by Ken Kesey.
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