Book review: Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis

A few years ago Ben Elton, he of 1980’s stand up fame, wrote a series of zeitgeist novels, each focussing on a different aspect of popular culture – Big Brother, (the TV programme, not the character in 1984), Friends Reunited, the effect of Internet porn and violence on people’s behaviour, etc. These were all fairlyContinue reading “Book review: Lionel Asbo by Martin Amis”

Book review: Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

The third of my recent McEwan catch up exercise, prompted by a Waterstones promotion – who says marketing schemes don’t work? The review I roughed out in my mind mid way through this novel is a very different beast from what I am now about to write. Let me explain. The principal narrator of theContinue reading “Book review: Enduring Love by Ian McEwan”

Book review: Black Dogs by Ian McEwan

On a walking holiday (and honeymoon) in early post-war southern France, a young idealistic woman, June Tremaine, is terrified by an encounter with two menacing attack dogs. This incident leads in turn to a spiritual experience and changes her life. Surprisingly she decides on an apparent whim to live in France (very near to the sceneContinue reading “Book review: Black Dogs by Ian McEwan”

Book review: The Innocent by Ian McEwan

McEwan is always strong when it comes to evoking a particular time and place, whether it be early 1960’s in “On Chesil Beach”, the Dunkirk evacuation (amongst others) in “Atonement”, or early 1970’s MI5 in “Sweet Tooth”, just to mention a few. The thing that jumps out from that short list for me is howContinue reading “Book review: The Innocent by Ian McEwan”