Usually in fiction when an incredibly wealthy man sets up an organisation to influence world events, it’s bad news for the rest of us. In Scott Vincent’s Vendicare series a billionaire is behind a secret international organisation working at arm’s length for governments who don’t want to get their hands dirty. The kind of person … More Angel Faces by Scott Vincent
As I write, America is preparing to inaugurate Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Strangely, even though he spent months campaigning for office, making countless public appearances and appearing in TV debates watched by huge audiences, it seems we still know very little about what kind of President he … More Donald Trump’s Books
If I were to mention birdwatching, I bet the first thing to pop into your mind would be an image of someone in stout shoes, waterproof clothing and a warm hat. To complete the scene you might want to throw in a tripod a thermos flask and some binoculars. If so, then Ross Armstrong’s debut … More A watcher watched
Supporters of the traditional book format, of which I am one, are fond of saying that digital books will never match the sensory experience of a `proper’ book. Whatever technological advances may be around the corner, it’s hard to see anyone creating an e-book format that matches the look, feel and even smell of a … More Are bookshops doomed?
One of my schoolmates would always do his best to top any anecdote the rest of the class came up with. You know the sort. Tell them about bumping into a soap star in the local park and they’ll recount the time they shared a Florida theme park ride with Barack and Michele Obama. That’s … More A book that’s a slice of history
Books that will leave a large hole in your bank balance. … More How much would you pay for a book?
History is full of examples of new technology being heralded with predictions that it would completely replace something that already existed. It’s rarely proved to be the case. Radio continues despite the proliferation of TV. People send greetings cards even though it’s quicker and easier to ping off an email. You can even get a … More James Patterson