This season’s English Premier League – arguably the world’s toughest, richest and most popular football league – will begin on August 18. Last season’s edition was the most thrilling in recent memory, with Manchester City winning the title for the first time since 1968 with what was virtually the last kick of the season. Read more
I was out of town for work over the weekend. And for the first time since I had begun to read as a small child, I travelled without any books. Well, not without any books. I went on the trip without a physical book. I took along my e-reader. Read more
The principle on which this blog is predicated is that I only recommend things over here. No book/author/website gets slagged off. Only good news is passed on. Read more
I always fret about which books to take with me on holiday. And now that I am readying to travel towards the end of this week, I am beginning to worry about what I shall take along.
The sole remaining pleasure of the long-haul flight is being able to read. The phone can’t ring. The emails can’t ping in. There you are, sealed and airborne, insulated, isolated, only with your book, immersed in its world. Read more
Ever since I was a little boy, I always wanted to see my name on the front cover of a book. (The other way of putting this is that from whenever I can remember, I wanted to be a writer without the faintest idea of what I should write about. George Orwell and VS Naipaul said the same thing, I think. So I was in good company – till I actually began to write.) Read more