Porno by Irvine Welsh

A little while back I re-read Irvine Welsh's era defining novel Trainspotting, largely to remind myself of its characters before embarking on its sequel, the far less subtly titled, Porno. As is likely well-known to any who really cares, Porno picks up the lives of the earlier story's characters ten years on with Sick Boy... Continue Reading →

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Despite the reputation of both the author, and this book in particular, this was my first time reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut and it is, arguably, his most well-known work, Slaughterhouse-Five. I'll admit that going in I knew very little of it other than it was vaguely science fiction and had an anti-war message so... Continue Reading →

Help by Simon Amstell

I'll admit that when I got Help by Simon Amstell, I believe as a Christmas present, it had been added to my Amazon wish list on something of a whim after hearing its author on a couple of podcasts, not really talking about the book but just about his life and career and I thought... Continue Reading →

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

I think it's fair to say that Trainspotting is now more famous thanks to the 1996 film adaptation staring Ewan McGregor and directed by Danny Boyle than the book that spawned it, by Scottish writer Irvine Welsh and released in 1993. While the film was a breath of fresh air for the rather stuffy British... Continue Reading →

1000 Posts Later…

A little over six years ago I started this blog as a place to archive some of the freelance writing I was doing for different magazines and newspapers, as well a seeing a place for original articles and entries related to my radio work. Now, as I hit 1000 posts, I thought I'd take a... Continue Reading →

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