Book Reviews


Sapiens is a bold attempt to tell the history of our species in four hundred and sixty pages. It doesn’t quite achieve this but it does provide plenty of interesting stories and is a great introduction to a wide variety of ideas and subjects which the reader could then investigate […]

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari ...


City of Thieves is a story about a young man from St. Petersberg (or Leningrad, as it was known at the time) who is caught looting the corpse of a downed German pilot and as a result is sent on an unlikely caper that puts him together with Red army […]

City of Thieves by David Benioff – book review


I enjoyed Kill Your Friends more than I think I really should. As someone who thinks themselves to be a basically decent person, my enjoyment of this book completely undermines this concept. Nice people shouldn’t enjoy this book. It’s filthy, it’s horrible and is set in the kind of grimy […]

Kill You Friends by John Niven – book review



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This is the story of Trevor Noah’s early life in South Africa, covering the lively and occasionally brutal world that he grew up in. There’s a mix of social history, funny stories and reflection on growing up as an outsider. It all comes together in an entertaining and touching portrait […]

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – Book review


Here’s a list of my ten favourite books that I wrote at the end of 2016. It was hard to whittle the list down and on a different day I might have picked a completely different list, but here it is:

Top ten books