Category: Books

Sharpe’s Assassin

I started reading the Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell in the mid to late 1990s. I can place that because many of the novels I bought have ‘TV tie-in’ picture covers, showing Sean Bean in the TV series adaptation, and it ran from 1993 to 1997. For the complete...

Quartered Safe Out Here

Bugger me, this is a good book. Quartered Safe Out Here: A Recollection of the War in Burma – to give its full title – is a World War 2 military memoir by George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman novels, which is how I came to know of...

Brat: An ’80s Story

When I was finishing up primary school and moving into high school, Andrew McCarthy was one of the pin-up boys all the girls were into. For a period between 1985 and 1990 it felt like he was in ‘everything’ and had been around for ages, but I think that’s...

Forever and a Day

Forever and a Day is a James Bond novel by English novelist and screenwriter, Anthony Horowitz, promoted as a prequel to the original Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale. That’s a tall order, with it needing to show Bond earning his status as a double-0 agent (by killing a WW2...

Devil May Care

There was a time, long ago – helped by a one-and-a-bit hours each way on a train every day to work – where I’d smash an entire novel, and part of another, during the five day work week. Easy-peasy. The upshot of this being, when someone looks at the...