Books

Honorary Consul Pattaya

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Lang Reid
Barry Kenyon worked as the British Honorary Consul in Pattaya for 14 years up to 2010.  In that time, he met all types of British subjects and dealt with all…

Cycle of Lies

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Lang Reid
Lance Armstrong was a world name for his fight against cancer and then his fight to be one of the best racing cyclists known. Unfortunately he also became an infamous…

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Lang Reid
Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay has been written by local personality Simon Napier-Bell, with the sub-title The Dodgy Business of Popular Music (ISBN 978-1-78352-031-2, Unbound Books, 2014).  And if you want to meet someone…

White Lies

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Lang Reid
I slipped into Bookazine in The Avenue to check on new titles. I did not have to look hard, coming immediately across the latest book from prolific writer Stephen Leather,…

Alligator Blood

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Lang Reid
After reading James Leighton’s book Alligator Blood (ISBN 978-1-47111-330-7, Simon and Schuster, 2013) I came to the conclusion that I have lived a very sheltered life. Alligator Blood describes a…

The Story of the Human Body

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Lang Reid
The Story of the Human Body (ISBN 978-0-307-74180-6, Vintage Books, July 2014) and written by Daniel E. Lieberman, a Harvard Professor, has a subtitle Evolution, Health, and Disease.  With the…

Saints of the Shadow Bible

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Lang Reid
My education must be lacking.  I saw the book Saints of the Shadow Bible (ISBN 978-1-4091-2948-6, Orion Books, 2013) on the Bookazine shelves and the author, Ian Rankin, rang no…

Gotti

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Lang Reid
Why do I have such a fascination for gangsters?  The only reason I can think of is that having been inculcated with the concept of being law abiding, I am…

Flight MH 370

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Lang Reid
The investigators have not even found the missing Malaysian Airlines plane MH 370, but already there is a book about the mystery on the Bookazine shelves!  With a mixture of…

Slash

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Lang Reid
My first exposure to a rock guitarist called Slash, was after hearing the band Guns N’ Roses which was led by a rather melodramatic and off-the-wall character called Axl Rose.

A Street Cat Named Bob

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Lang Reid
I did my usual browse at Bookazine in the Avenue, looking for some book or other to jump off the shelves and into my hand.  The biographies didn’t excite me,…

One Summer America 1927

Friday, 04 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 27 By Lang Reid
I could have started this review by writing “Bill Bryson’s done it again.  Go to Bookazine and buy this book.  B. 468 for over 600 pages.  Bargain of the year!”…

Mango Rains

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Lang Reid
I was sitting having a quiet beer and chatting with Kim Fletcher, the Landlord of Jameson’s Irish Pub, when the subject of books came up.  In his opinion, one of…

Outliers

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Lang Reid
Outliers, the Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (ISBN 978-0-141-04302-9, Penguin Books, 20090) follows on from his books The Tipping Point (How little things can make a big difference) and…

is it really too much to ask?

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Lang Reid
The book I have reviewed this week, is it really too much to ask? (ISBN 978-1-405-91413-0, Penguin, 2014) is the fifth volume of The World According to Clarkson.  These books…
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