Category: A Right Hook And A Book!


  • Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette

    Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette

    Truth be told, I’ve been wanting to talk about this book for a long time. It’s one of those rare reviews I didn’t enjoy writing, because I love this book so much that I don’t think I can really do it justice. Of course, being my blog, I’m going to try to do it as […]

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  • Life For Sale by Yukio Mishima

    Life For Sale by Yukio Mishima

    Originally serialised in Playboy Magazine (in Japan) between May to October of 1968, Life For Sale wasn’t available to read in The UK for decades. Thankfully Penguin Classics decided to turn Yukio Mishima’s stories into a novel and, with the help of Stephen Dodd’s translation which makes the story accelerate along, this classic by is […]

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  • The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    The Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

    I have certain rituals that I carry out every year around this time. It’s how I survive the winter. There are certain television shows I re-watch for comfort in the cold. For instance, December doesn’t feel right unless I sit through Christmas With The Joker, my favourite episode of Batman: The Animated Series and The […]

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  • Sooner Or Later by Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy

    Sooner Or Later by Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy

    1986. THATCHER’S BRITAIN. THE FINANCIAL ‘BIG BANG’ SAW THE RICH GET RICHER. RIOTS ERRUPT IN PRISONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND MICKY SWIFT IS STILL ON THE DOLE! Sooner or Later is something of a lost masterpiece, occupying the back page of 2000AD. But while most writers and artists would struggle to do anything interesting in […]

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  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

    My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

    I can’t quite imagine how Ottessa pitched this novel to her agent. The main character goes unnamed and the story follows her efforts to sleep for a full year. How? Through pills, pills, and more pills. She should have asked my brother. He can take up to twenty-five Valium and remain somewhat awake. We’ve even […]

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  • Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

    Review: Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto

    A cult smash in Japan that inspired a movie of the same name, I stumbled on Kamikaze Girls whilst on a book buying spree at Blackwell’s in Edinburgh. There was something cool about the cover art: the colours, the photography, the scrawled illustration. It all appealed, so I snatched it up and read it in […]

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  • Review: Black Wave by Michelle Tea

    Review: Black Wave by Michelle Tea

    The world is ending, a slow and inexorable apocalypse on the horizon. But Michelle is too drunk and drugged up to notice the changes. She’s too busy living her life from drama to drama, each incident a mess of her own making. Michelle is writer of some renown. She shares the same name with the […]

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