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Book review – Reasons to be Cheerful by Nina Stibbe

Posted in Books, review with tags , , , , , , on April 27, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Penguin Books [Publication date 28.03.19]

The blurb –

‘When people in the village heard I was about to start working in the city they tried to unsettle me with tales of woe. The sun, blotted out by the tall buildings, couldn’t shine and the rain was poisoned by the toxic fumes that poured from the sock factories. My skin would be covered in pimples from the hell of it all’

So begins a young woman’s journey to adulthood. Lizzie Vogel leaves her alcoholic, novel-writing mother and heads for Leicester to work for a racist, barely competent dentist obsessed with joining the freemasons.

The verdict –

After reading a fair few crime novels and the odd non-fiction title, it is always nice to read a bit of everyday life fiction. Nina Sibbe has an easy going writing style, with the main character Lizzie, one may readers of a certain age many identify with, or at least the time she was growing up in, namely the 80’s.

There is plenty of dental work description, often quite graphic for those who don’t like going to the dentist! The plot is a coming of age as Lizzie really sees what a messed up world adult life is and her mother is one of the better characters, as she continues her quest to have a book published by her favourite publisher Faber & Faber.

An easy going read, with some genuinely funny moments and perfect for a bit of escapist fiction.

Book review – Cold As The Grave by James Oswald

Posted in Authors, Books with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2019 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The ninth book in the Inspector McLean series and you don’t have to read them in order, although like any long running crime series the author will refer back to events in the past covered in previous books.

The opening sees the discovery of a mummified body hidden in the dark corner of a basement room, a room which seems to have been left untouched for decades. The plot unfolds from here to include a mysterious circus, human trafficking, a 60’s rock star and a djinn.

James Oswald is similar to John Connolly in that both add in supernatural elements to their books and they work well, also like Stephen King’s excellent Mercedes man trilogy.

Although used a lot in book reviews, ‘Cold As The Grave’ is a proper page turner as you want to keep on reading to see what happens next, such are the twists and turns in the plot. Highly recommended and James Oswald joins my select list of ‘must read’ crime writers.

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 – 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.

 

 

Peter Crouch launches a new Podcast

Posted in Championship, Football, News, Stoke City FC with tags , , , , on September 19, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Peter Crouch, not content with a recently published memoir, ‘How To Be A Footballer’, now has a new Podcast ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’ available via BBC 5 Live. The BBC has ten facts here that include a transfer that never was and his pet named after Chelsea striker Kerry Dixon.