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  1. I'll give that a whirl as well then. I adore New York, warts and all, so anything that celebrates the place and its denizens is right up my street.
  2. 33. The Porpoise by Mark Haddon. I was pretty excited when this came up on offer on the Kindle as it had been on my Wishlist for a while, especially after a number of fawning reviews from other writers and a couple of friends. Weaves together 3 stories, one set in the modern world involving a young girl who has a concerning relationship with her wealthy father, framed by tragedy. She seeks escape from her real life woes in the story of Pericles and there is also another strand involving Shakespeare and one of his collaborators. I didn't get on with this at all, characters disappear never to be referenced again, the interweaving of the stories didn't really work for me and it all became pretty laboured and dull.
  3. I was in 2 minds to get this after your excellent sales patter. Then lo and behold it pops up in Audible's 2 for 1 deal, which started today. Instant buy. Looking forward to it, cheers for the intriguing and tintilating review.
  4. I’m looking forward to next season. Especially as the Premier League finished at the start of Lockdown and Leicester have Champions’ League football to look forward to. Excite!
  5. 31. Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing: Life, Death and the Thrill of the Catch by Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse. First up, I've never had any interest in fishing but really enjoyed the TV programme of the same name so thought I'd give this a go. I love the relationship that the pair have and so went for the audiobook version. So glad I did. This is just a lovely book written by two guys who clearly have an awful lot of love for each other. Their rapport comes across as really natural and unscripted, as such it's a real delight. It's not hugely tasking at around 6 hours but it's a book to wallow in. They talk about their health woes and how this brought them to embrace fishing as a couple and it's a great insight into two people addressing their own mortality. If you're vaguely contemplative about ageing, dying, living life to the full (yet responsibly), then do give it a whirl. 32. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi Read this as part of a book club. It's about a cafe where one seat allows you to travel back in time. It's a gentle, philosophical read with a great deal of heart. The rules to time travel are quite intriguing and there's some great relationship dynamics at play throughout. It's not a huge book but a rewarding one.
  6. Dear oh dear, as goalkeeping screw-ups go, doing so in the most 'expensive game in football' is going to stick with you for a fair while. Great thinking from Bryan, mind.
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    Fall Guys

    This is great fun and very moreish. Only downside is the occasional disconnects; came second and the game then froze meaning I didn't get all the XP. Harumph. They are going to make a packet on cosmetics.
  8. Stopharage

    Fall Guys

    Thanks, looks like I just need to exercise some patience.
  9. Stopharage

    Fall Guys

    Has yours started to dl yet? Says so on the website but nothing is appearing on my PS4 so far.
  10. The movie has next to no understanding of the main themes of the comic and blathers on as if it’s some generic, bog standard superhero film. It’s dumbed down by a director who has all the craft, subtlety and imagination of a brick. The first 10 minutes of the tv series had more appreciation and understanding for the comic’s story and themes than the 3 hours of the film. The film has very little appreciation for either the cultural landscape or political arena in which its set. The TV series requires patience, thought and analysis. Something which Snyder is utterly capable of eliciting; he makes Michael Bay look like Kurosawa. The film does a huge disservice to the source material and its audience. It was a brave decision to greenlight a movie adaption of a seemingly unfilmable comic. It was a foolish decision to then allow Snyder anywhere near it.
  11. I thought Arsenal’s celebrations were substandard. Failure to lift the trophy properly, not enough excitement and exuberance. If they need tips on how to really celebrate an amazing achievement, they don’t need to go far. The mighty Spurs reaching the Europa League was the pinnacle of celebrations,
  12. Dani Ceballos has been superb all game. Arsenal need to snap him up permanently.
  13. I always try and troll a dreadful book or two in there. Can’t wait for a Toby Young tome..
  14. Looking for some beach reading on your ill-advised week in Magaluf? And for your subsequent 2 week quarantine? Or just need some escapism from it all. Roll up, roll up. Monthly offerings as follows (all 99p, unless stated otherwise):- The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson This is one of the best historical retellings I've read. Phenomenal book. A must-buy. Even better, his new one is only £1.99 below The Splendid and The Vile - Erik Larson £1.99 Devolution - Max Brooks From the writer of World War Z, only been out a few months Black and British: A Forgotten History - David Olusoga Finch - Jeff VanderMeer Court Number One: The Old Bailey Trials that Defined Modern Britain - Thomas Grant The World's War:Forgotten Soldiers of the Empire - David Olusoga Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper - Hallie Rubenhold £1.99 The Wall - John Lanchester - £2.49 The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State - Nadia Murad Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existence - Michael Marshall Smith Cowboy Song: The Authorised Biography of Philip Lynott - Graeme Thomson Necropolis: London and its Dead - Catherine Arnold Between the Stops - Sandi Toksvig Blood, Sweat and Pixels - Jason Schreier - £1.99 Life in Football - Ian Wright Sober - Tony Adams Till the Cows Come Home - Sara Cox The Kingdon - Jess Rothenberg Dark Forest - Cixin Liu Dark Eden  - Chris Beckett (and sequels) Band of Brothers - Stephen E. Ambrose The World According to Garp - John Irving The Art of Happiness - Dalai Lama Defending the Guilty - Alex McBride How the World Works - Noam Chomsky Age of Wonder - Richard Holmes I Love the Bones of You - Christopher Eccleston Orange is the New Black - Piper Kerman Provided You Don't Kiss Me - Duncan Hamilton River in Darkness - Masaji Ishikawa Please, Mister Postman - Alan Johnson More Tales From the City - Armistead Maupin D-Day: The Battle for Normandy - Antony Beevor Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer The Bees - Laline Paull Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow So Lucky - Dawn O'Porter Jessie Burton - The Muse Armada - Ernest Cline The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas £3.49 Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 100 Unhip Albums: That We Should Learn to Love - Ian Keith Moss Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer Tiger Woods - Jeff Benedict Jonathan Livingston: Seagull - Richard Bach Recovery:Freedom from Addictions - Russell Brand Rod Liddle - Selfish Whining Monkeys Run Away - Harlan Coben Chocolat - Joanne Harris Magic Cottage - James Herbert Whistler - John Grisham Innocent Man - John Grisham In Your Defence - Sarah Langford Munich - Robert Harris
  15. 30. Ramble Book by Adam Buxton Listened to the audiobook version as the actual book isn't out until September. This is probably the way to go as it contains lost of Buckle's jingles and each chapter comes with its own theme tune. When you finish the audiobook there is an exclusive podcast with Joe Cornish as well. And there are various audiobook interludes. If you like Buxton then you'll enjoy this; it's much of the same. However, the reason his podcast is so great is down to the relationships and conversations he builds up with his guests. Additionally, I felt that he focused too much on certain elements of his life and largely ignored other parts, that's his prerogative but it left me a bit disappointed. I could have done with less talk about his school life and sustained focus on his father and done more on the Adam and Joe Show, Bug and the podcast. Funnily enough, I had the same issue with Louis Theroux's autobiography.
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