30/11/2016

Reading - November 2016

Midnight In The Garden Of Evel Knievel by Giles Smith (2000)
Collection of amusing television reviews, heavily in stylistic debt to Clive James's wonderful seventies columns (or more likely, the books - here's James himself on the same subject), but that's no bad thing at all. Since the remit is more limited (sport on television), the same subjects come up again and again - boxing, football, Formula 1 - but it's well observed and amusingly written, so doesn't become boring.
The Week (5 November 2016 / Issue 1098)
Guitar & Bass (December 2016 / Vol 28 No 03)
The Week (12 November 2016 / Issue 1099)
Guitarist (December 2016 / Issue 414)
The Week (19 November 2016 / Issue 1100)
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (and Garry Jenkins) (2012)
I hadn't heard of this at all until I saw a recent mention of the film that has just come out. Then I found it in our book exchange at work the other day; it has obviously been well read and done the rounds of many people - something I feel that the author would like. I can see why it's been so popular (over 3 million copies sold and translated into over 20 languages, apparently) - it's a quick, simple, pleasant read. Not much happens but there's a nice ending. From the look of trailer for the film, it looks like they feel they've had to invent some drama and a love interest, unfortunately.
Guitarist Presents 100 Great Guitars edited by Owen Bailey (2014)
Guitar porn, diverting for a few hours.
The Week (26 November 2016 / Issue 1101)

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