Category Archives: 101greatreads

The Unauthorised Biography of Ezra Maas by Daniel James (dead ink)

“This book is dangerous” Brash, original, smart… star reporter Daniel James chases down the elusive recluse that is Ezra Maas, cult artist, vanished megastar…this is the kind of book destined, I hope, to find a cult following of its own, … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, Biography, fiction | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre (Viking)

“Our meeting was not contrived.” I AM on page 278 of 281 and I am still no wiser as to where this whodunwhat of a plot is going. There have been twists and turns and upshots and cross checks so … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, fiction | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Love by Toni Morrison (Vintage)

“The women’s legs are spread wide open, so I hum.” I Am surprised no one has tried to film of this excellent book such is the lure of the dancing and parties at the hotel, the scenic beach side setting … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, fiction | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Strange weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami (Portobello)

“His full name was Mr Harutsuna Matsumoto, but I called him Sensei. Not Mr or Sir, but Sensei” THE original title of this off-beat romance was The Briefcase which as I read it is titillating bait. Which way does this … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, fiction | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor (Harvill Secker)

My dearest Ellen, Please excuse this too-long-delayed response JOSEPH, how nice to see you again. Another tome, lovely. A pleasure, I am sure. A treat even. Back in the Ghost Light territory are we? I never connected that Bram Stoker … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, fiction | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Value of Everything by Mariana Mazzucato (Penguin)

“The barbarous gold barons – they did not find the gold, they did not mine the gold, they did not mill the gold, but by some weird alchemy all the gold belonged to them.” THE quote is from 1929, Big … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, Non fiction | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Van Gogh and Britain (Tate)

“I’m gradually beginning to turn into a true cosmopolitan, meaning not a Dutchman, Englishman or Frenchman, but simoply a man” Vincent Van Gogh February 9, 1874. THIS  book goes with the brilliant exhibition at the Tate Britain, but sometimes a … Continue reading

Posted in 101greatreads, Biography | Tagged | 1 Comment