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Book review – The Quaker by Liam McIlvanney

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers, Netgalley with tags , , , , , on February 17, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake
Harper Collins [Publication date 28.06.18]

It is easy to see why ‘The Quaker’ has won such high praise and the Scottish Crime Book of the Year award, as this is a proper page turner and one with plenty of twists & turns in the plot.

Set in 1969 and Glasgow has been brought to its knees by a serial killer spreading fear throughout the city – the Quaker. DI McCormack is called in to report on the murder investigations and whether the case should be kept open after no success in tracking down the killer.

Set in 1969 and Glasgow has been brought to its knees by a serial killer spreading fear throughout the city – the Quaker. DI McCormack is called in to report on the murder investigations and whether the case should be kept open after no success in tracking down the killer.

McIlvanney vividly creates the atmosphere of the late 60’s in Glasgow, where gangsters and corrupt coppers murky the investigation into finding the Quaker, DI McCormack himself hides a secret that could jeopardise the investigation as it reaches its climax.

Never too graphic, but with plenty of menace coming through from the villainous characters involved.

One of the best crime novels I have read in a long time, Liam McIlvanney should be on your ‘must read’ list if not already on there.

Book news – Michael Palin Announces Summer Live Tour Celebrating Erebus: The Story Of A Ship Paperback

Posted in Authors, Books, News with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

To celebrate the paperback publication of Erebus: The Story of A Ship, he will take a one-man show to 12 UK venues. Tickets go on sale at 9am on January 25

Each show will be split into two parts. The first half will see Palin bring to life the story of HMS Erebus, the subject of his latest book. During the second he’ll tell his life story, including his time with Monty Python, as well as his work on Ripping Yarns and the television travel series that have taken him around the world.

Erebus: The Story of A Ship will be published by Arrow on May 30, with signed copies available to purchase at the shows.

Fri June 07 2019 – BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion
Sat June 08 2019 – BASINGSTOKE Anvil
Sun June 09 2019 – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
Thu June 20 2019 – CHESTERFIELD Winding Wheel
Fri June 21 2019 – MILTON KEYNES Theatre MK
Sat June 22 2019 – LONDON Cadogan Hall
Thu June 27 2019 – BRADFORD Alhambra Theatre
Fri June 28 2019 – MANCHESTER Lowry
Thu July 04 2019 – SALISBURY City Hall
Fri July 05 2019 – READING Hexagon Theatre
Sat July 06 2019 – PORTSMOUTH Kings Theatre
Sun July 07 2019 – BATH Theatre Royal

Book review – Jog On by Bella Mackie

Posted in Authors, Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , on January 21, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Publication date 27.12.18

The book is part memoir, as Bella Mackie opens up honestly about her anxiety and personal troubles, and part motivational book as you certainly want to go running after reading it. She has an easy writing style, drawing upon published works and studies on depression & anxiety, along with interviews she has conducted with people with anxiety and depression.

A book that is recommended not only for those with anxiety and related issues, but those with a general interest in metal health and the benefits of running. The book does contain useful tips on starting out on your jogging/running journey, although don’t go expecting this to be a beginner’s guide to running as it is much more than this.

Book review – Gallowstree Lane by Kate London

Posted in Authors, Books, crime writers, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , on December 29, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Publication date 07.02.19 Corvus

A new author to me, Kate London has written a hard hitting police procedural novel based around the London gang culture.

She has a descriptive style, with a good eye for details on police procedure. The book switches between the thoughts of the main characters, ramping the tension up as the book progresses.

Perfect read for those who enjoyed Prime Suspect and I could see Gallowstree Lane being made into a TV series in the not too distant future. Impressive and Kate London joins my list of must read crime writers.

Book review – The Katharine Code by Jorn Lier Horst

Posted in Authors, Books with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Michael Joseph [Published 9 august 2018]

The latest novel featuring Chief Inspector William Wisting (there are other Wisting books already published although this is a stand-alone one), who has a case he has never managed to solve, that of Katharina Haugen who went missing twenty-four years ago. All she left behind was her husband Martin and a mysterious string of numbers scribbled on a piece of paper – the Katharina code.

Marketed as one for fans of Inspector Wallander, Jorn Lier Horst is similar to Henning Maknkell in that he builds the atmosphere slowly to a riveting finale. The plotting is good, moving along at a steady pace and nothing outlandish in the events that unfurl. Wisting’s character one you can empathise with and it will come as no surprise that this book/series is lined up for a TV adaptation.

Highly recommended for lovers of Scandinavian based crime and anyone after a well written crime novel.

Book review – Let The Good Times Roll: My Life in Small Faces, Faces and The Who by Kenney Jones

Posted in Authors, Books, Pop rock, rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Blink Publishing [Publication date 31.05.18]

Drummer Kenney Jones has penned an entertaining memoir, that covers his time in the Small Faces right up to the present with the Jones Gang, a collection of seasoned musicians who do the occasional gig, often for charity. He has a light touch, only really getting serious when discussing his two brushes with cancer and how important it is for men to get checked for possible prostrate cancer.

As the sole surviving member of the Small Faces he continues his lifelong quest to get the rights back to their songs, as like many bands back in the day they made great music but were very naive on the business side of things and often got royally screwed by managers and record labels.

The Small Faces parts of the book will be of interest to their fans, although the Faces period is run through quite quickly. The chapter where he deals with the passing of his band mates is sobering, especially as he remained very close to Ronnie Lane after the Small Faces/Faces disbanded. Keeping it in the musical family Kenney Jones has taken Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie under his wing and she is now making a name for herself in the musical world.

Of his days in the Who he mentions the ongoing issues with Roger Daltrey, which eventually led to him leaving the band. The main problem seemed to be he was replacing the irreplaceable in Keith Moon.

Also a brief mention about the Law, the one-off album he recorded with Paul Rodgers (an album well worth tracking down).

Outside of music his passion for horses and polo gets a mention. He runs his own polo club in Surrey, which has been used by Prince Charles in the past, although in-keeping with his east End of London upbringing the polo club is all inclusive and encourages people of all ages and walks of life to give it a go.

An enjoyable read as Kenney Jones gives an insight into the world of rock ‘n’ roll from the view of the drum stool. It doesn’t dish the dirt, but then he has no real axe to grind bar getting the rights back to the Small Faces music.

 

 

Book review – Scoundrels by Major Victor Cornwall and Major St. John Trevelyan

Posted in Books, Netgalley with tags , , , , , , on October 23, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Scoundrels

Farrago [Publication date 01.07.18]

Hits you like a battering ram, ‘Scoundrels’ is NOT for the feint hearted or the PC brigade. It is like classic Tom Sharpe meets Monty Python, with a dash of Fifty Shades.

Based on the memoirs of two retired majors they recall their initiation into the Scoundrels club. A club which carries out missions others would baulk at and these missions lead the two majors to gate crash Hitler’s birthday celebrations, go undercover to catch a spy and try to conquer Everest.

Like any good boy’s own adventure, they have an arch-nemesis, Hansclapp, who keeps popping up causing mayhem for the pair throughout the book.

You will either love this book, which has some genuinely laugh out loud moments, coupled with parts that leave you a tad off colour, or you will be repulsed and email a complaint to the publishers forthwith. Quite unlike anything I have read in many a year and I think that’s a good thing?!