Book Review – A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale

Book Review – A Place called Winter by Patrick Gale Review by Ben Macnair   A Place Called Winter is one of those books with a big heart, humanity, and an ability to make peace with the cruelty that so often happens between people. The protagonist, Harry Cane has had a relatively privileged life, and […]

3%

3% by Ben Macnair They say that a person, and a Banana share 97% of the same genetic material. It is that 3% difference that leads to bones, Teeth. Hair. Skin. Opposable thumbs. Inbuilt bullshit detectors. Technology. Music. Science. Art. Trolls. Film. Pack mentality, and the internet. and that the closeness between a human and […]

Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith

Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith Review by Ben Macnair 9 out of 10 Following up the enormous critical and commercial success of the award winning novel How to be Both cannot have been an easy task for Ali Smith. The prolific short story writer, though has returned to the […]

Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall Review by Ben Macnair 8 out of 10 ‘The Beautiful Indifference’ is a collection of short stories, where place and time is as important as character or plot. Here are eight stories that fit well together, to form a cohesive collection that looks at the Human condition […]

Review of Strange Beautiful Music

Strange Beautiful Music – A Musical Memoir by Joe Satriani and Jake Brown Review by Ben Macnair The guitarist and composer Joe Satriani is one of those players that needs little introduction to fans of widescreen, technically astounding guitar music and playing. His playing has graced dozens of albums, numerous band projects and guest spots, […]

Mourning dress, or how to dress well on a shilling a day

Mourning dress, or how to dress well on a shilling a day by Ben Macnair They have crossed the river, the rites have been performed, the right etiquette observed, centuries of behaviour refined, the correct attire, defined. The established order is shaken, families of all classes, broken. Carte de visite photography, all trades need to […]

Family Wedding Disco

Family Wedding Disco by Ben Macnair After making the choice, between Bride or Groom, between Chicken, Pork, or Vegetarian, after the speeches, the clinking of half filled glasses, some half drunk guest in a flood of tears, the stilted, disjointed conversations with relatives, you haven’t seen in years, there is the social fiasco, that we […]