The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

It's probably a fair assumption to make that most people know the name The Big Sleep from the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall vehicle that is the 1946 movie. Before that though it was the debut novel of hardboiled detective writer Raymond Chandler and it introduced the world to his most famous creation, private eye,... Continue Reading →

It by Stephen King

Stephen King’s sprawling epic is one of the stories that has become ingrained in the popular culture of the last three decades. A big part of that will be down to Tim Curry staring TV adaptation and the more recent movie version, but also thanks to the sheer scale and relatability of the novel. Even... Continue Reading →

Pic by Jack Kerouac

When I finished The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac I hadn't intended on reading Pic right away, but as the short novel was included in the same book I thought why not. While I'm not entirely sure why the two are combined, other than both are at the shorter end of the novel spectrum, there is at least... Continue Reading →

The Subterraneans by Jack Kerouac

In recent years I've read a number of works of the Beat Generation, and of Jack Kerouac in particular; Big Sur, The Dharma Bums and of course the centrepiece of Kerouac's career, On The Road. Partly this exploration was out of an interest in outsider movements, partly the history of San Francisco and partly for its sheer post-war... Continue Reading →

Hello America by JG Ballard

It seems that the notion of The American Dream is one that keeps cropping up in my reviews recently, most notably with La La Land and Straight Outta Compton, so it feels natural, if strangely coincidental, that I now look at a book that seems to take that dream and turn it into a kind... Continue Reading →

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