Black Satire at its Very Best! Opening sentence: This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything. The “sellout” of the title is the satirical novel’s black narrator, a man whose upbringing has been scarred by the pscychological experiments forced upon him by his father. And when their ghetto community, … [Read more...] about Favourite Reads – The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Favourite Reads of David Ebsworth
'If you don’t read, you can’t be a writer.' (Stephen King)
Here are some of the books I’ve been reading, and the occasional guest interview with authors who may drop in for a chat.
I get through several books each month and normally give those a mention in my newsletter, so these are just a few of my very, very favourites.
I’d read A Place of Greater Safety a couple of years after it was first published in 1992 and, at that time, I’d never heard of Hilary Mantel. Seems strange now, but that’s the way it was! In fact, it was recommended to me as a political novel, rather than a work of historical fiction and, of course, the book fits neatly into both genres. I … [Read more...] about Favourite Reads – A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
It was going to be a long summer, one of those that burn your eyeballs with the blast of lipstick colour from all those new bestsellers that Goldie Graham just finished stacking like sliced salami along his shelves. I needed a fix. Something new. And I needed it bad. Something to get me through weeks of baking sun and sand, only an occasional … [Read more...] about Favourite Reads – The Black-Eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black
This is the best book I’ve read in the past year by a long head. It’s very rare for me to say “I couldn’t put this down” though, in this case, I literally finished it in two long sittings. Opening: ‘Major Picquart to see the Minister of War...’ The sentry on the rue Saint-Dominique steps out of his box to open the gate and I run through a … [Read more...] about Favourite Reads – An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris