‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

The Joy Of Not Understanding

Last night I was talking with a friend about Shakespeare. She had recently seen a production in Vancouver’s ‘Bard on the Beach’ festival, and had felt the need to explain the plot of Hamlet to her brother, who was unfamiliar with the play. To her surprise, he quickly got the gist of the play and […]

Fifty Shades 2

With regard to the post about ‘Fifty Shades of Gray’ below, I want make my intentions a little clearer. I know many of the marketing and PR companies in the UK who shape writers’ personal stories for public consumption; There’s a reason why everyone has an image of a penniless JK Rowling writing notes in […]

Books For Non-Readers

I don’t approve of reviewing terrible books; The William McGonagalls of the world have always been with us, and press space is at such a premium that I usually make sure I’m recommending something good rather than complaining about lousy writing. But over the last few years a pattern has emerged whereby a poorly written […]