All He Ever Wanted

Stiff, pompous, self-satisfied and narrow-minded men seldom feature as protagonists of stories. But then this is hardly his story. On the face of it, anyway. Professor Nicholas Van Tassel first spots Etna Bliss at the scene of a fire. And it is a fair measure of the man that even as fire devoured a building […]

The Day of the Jackal

If memory serves me correctly (alas, it has failed me on many an occasion!) this was the first Frederick Forsyth novel I’ve read. It was also his first novel, written in just 35 days! It was quite difficult to get through the first time, not just because of all the big fancy words (for a […]

The Catcher in the Rye

  This is one of those books that I’ve been told (Well, not told so much as read about!) is a must-read classic. I’ll admit, I’ve tried reading this book many a time in the past and barely got beyond the first three pages! Can’t say why, but that’s moot now that I’ve finally finished […]