Book of the Month: Ellerbisms (April 13)
Ellerbisms Marc Ellerby, Great Beast Comics, £12.99. Marc Ellerby is a UK comic book artist who began putting ‘Ellerbisms’ online in 2007, comic strips that, each day, outlin...
The filth and the fury (and the coffee table book)
Punk, as the badges in the window of the Kard Bar still insist on telling us, is not dead, and, in fact, is having a bit of a moment what with an exhibition of punk fashion cu...
Book of the Month: Dial M For Murdoch (March 13)
Tom Watson & Martin Hickman, Penguin, £8.99. Thank the lord for the dogged journalists, and MPs like Labour’s Tom Watson, for helping unravel one of the biggest outrages in r...
David Mulholland: Painter
Peter McCarthy, The Mulholland Foundation, £15. I’d not previously come across the work of David Mulholland (1946-2005) but that’s my loss as he was an artist of rare quality...
The Decadent Sportsman
Medlar Lucan & Durian Gray, Dedalus, £9.99 Lucan and Gray are two coves who have given their lives over to the pursuit of decadence, a fact reinforced by their previous tomes...
The Complete David Bowie
Nicholas Pegg, Titan Books, 19.99 Why is David Bowie continually referred to as the ‘Chameleon of Pop’? Aren’t chameleons chiefly known for their ability to blend into the ba...
Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of The Smiths 1982-87
Simon Goddard, Titan Books, £9.99 Are the songs of The Smiths worthy of the same amount of forensic analysis
A matter of loaf and death
Perched imperiously on the banks of the Tyne, Spillers Mill once supplied one in every ten loaves of bread eaten in the UK.
February 13 Book Reviews
Book of the month: The Odd Couple: The curious friendship between Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin Richard Bradford, The Robson Press, £20
Interview: Salman Rushdie
Author Salmon Rushdie has been a pretty ubiquitous figure lately (words we thought we would never write). His memoir ‘Joseph Anton’ which came out earlier this y...
January 13 Book Reviews
Book of the month Great North Road Peter F Hamilton, Macmillan, £20 A SF novel set in Newcastle? Who’d have thought it? At the Lit and Phil book launch recently Hamilton re...
December 12 Book Reviews
Tudors: A History of England Volume 2 Peter Ackroyd, Macmillan, £20 When Queen “Bloody” Mary was ruling England back in the 16th century, and Protestants were being burned a...
November 12 Book Reviews
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon, Fourth Estate, £18.99 Chabon manoeuvres his maximalist style onto Jonathan Franzen territory with this doorstopper of a novel, set in the mi...