Monthly Archives: November 2016

Chocks Away!

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There are certain books your dad had on his dad shelf, and if he was anything like my father, he’ll have had a few dogeared Nevil Shutes and Eric Amblers. I was going to feature these two authors in my forthcoming book ‘The Book of Forgotten Authors’ from Quercus, but the editors feel that Shute […]

Anybody Up For Fanny?

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It was quite hard (sorry) finding an image for this article. We’re British of course, and the avoidance of discussing anything to do with gusset-bothering was once (along with having a splendid navy) what made our nation great. Prudery in public, licentiousness in private resulted in the peculiar situation set out here. Novelist John Cleland […]

The Reinvention Of The London Club

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A former employee of mine asked an LA cab driver to take him to Soho House and was told, disdainfully; ‘You’ll never get in, it’s exclusive.’ London’s old private clubs like Whites and the Garrick were anachronistic and really only suited for filming ‘Sherlock Holmes’ episodes in, so a new generation of private clubs had […]

Why You Need To Watch Korean Films

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Hollywood’s most original thrillers tend to come from the smaller studios. Films like ‘The Invitation’ and ‘The Guest’ worked really well, but they’re relatively low budget chamber pieces. A great action film needs more than just stunts and set pieces (and we must know now after sitting through endless identical Tom Cruise films). Korean cinema […]

Review: ‘Embrace Of The Serpent’

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How I missed this in cinemas is mystifying but I won’t forgive myself for not seeing it in the big screen; a transcendent, elegiac masterpiece directed by Ciro Guerra that feels like a bookend to ‘Heart Of Darkness’. ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ plots the parallel journeys of two pairs, each a European explorer and a […]