14 Feb 2022

It’s not every day I recommend a book.  Unless asked for.  “Hey, Gerry, do you know a book that will [x]?”.  if I do, I’d answer.  But unsolicited ‘recommendations’ is not generally something I do.  Today is the exception to “generally”. Let’s talk about “hype”.  I don’t like hype.  Because nine times out of ten,…

6 Dec 2021

This one is admittedly an obscure one.  But not too obscure, allegedly the John Wick movies were based on this work.  (It even makes a brief appearance in the first John Wick movie, as well as in Atomic Blonde!) One of these books is the masterpiece called ‘Shibumi’. And a masterpiece it is.  Doctor Rodney…

17 Nov 2021

I’ve never been one for causes.  Even in my student days, when one is supposed to have a cause – Save the Whales, Save the Trees, Release Mandela – I was not interested.  And I was an art student!  Bloody hell, we were defined as “young people being angry at something, while sometimes drawing pictures”. …

6 Nov 2021

I cannot remember a time I could not read.  I was one of those lucky kids who just “understood” these things called letters.  My earliest reading memory is of a translated Richard Scarry booklet about an airport.  I could not have been more than three or four at the time.  When Primary school came along…

5 Mar 2021

2020 was what could politely be referred to ‘a mess’.  Several things went incredibly wrong, and my life has changed permanently after the trails of the last year.  (My mother, my godfather, and my wife died within four months of each other–yes, I’m a mess) Least of which was that I had a technical error…

20 Jan 2019

I was at a book fair late 2018, a beautiful spring-bordering-on-summer day.  I put up my banner, I made my table all nice and pretty, put up an umbrella for shade, put some scatter cushions down for comfortable seating, arranged my books – The original paperback for Discovering Leigh – in what I hoped was…