Reviews

  • Mandelbrot the Magnificent (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Author Liz Ziemska describes herself as a ‘writer of slightly strange fiction’ and her latest book, steeped in the wonders of complex mathematics and the snatched innocence of childhood, holds true to this. Set in a Jewish community in Warsaw, Poland, six-year-old Benoit lives a comfortable life with his dentist mother, tailor father and younger […]

  • Keats House: Keats, Byron and the Shelleys (Museum)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Keats House Museum in Hampstead is devoting much of its autumn programme to the work, literary influence and friendship of poets John Keats, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and Frankenstein novelist Mary Shelley. Keats and Shelley were quite close. On hearing of Keats’ ailing health, Shelley advised him to convalesce at Shelley’s family retreat in Italy […]

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Yorgos Lanthimos, director of surreal 2015 feature Lobster, has a track record that suggests he doesn’t do mainstream movies and didn’t disappoint with the edgy, off-key The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Starring Colin Farrell as cardiovascular surgeon Steven Murphy and Nicole Kidman his ophthalmologist wife, the couple’s idyllic suburban life gets a chilling wake […]

  • M Will Leave You Shaken But Not Stirred (Restaurant)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

    M Restaurant Wins ‘Most Stylish London Restaurant’ in Blue Badge Awards & ‘Best London Steak Restaurant’ in Lux Global Awards Oct 2017 Described on Bookatable as a ‘James Bond-style restaurant’, one can only guess they are referring to its air of sophistication and cool because there’s not any Bond memorabilia in sight and the waitresses […]

  • Loving Vincent (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Red-haired, bearded writer/director Hugh Welchman is a bit of a Van Gogh lookalike himself, well his efforts to produce the world’s first fully hand-painted feature film culminated in a UK premiere at the National Gallery on Oct 9 that also had people at 170 other cinemas across the country holding out for the much-promoted live […]

  • Agents of Dreamland (Book)
    Posted in: Books, Reviews

    Let’s get this clear first. The Signalman is not a signalman he’s actually a special agent hooking up with a mysterious woman, an intelligence operative called Immacolata (love the name) in an Arizona diner. Clarity is an important issue as regards this Lovecraftian novelette by Caitlin R. Kiernan, as you can find yourself getting lost […]