Posted on 31st July 2012

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Konstantin

It seems appropriate that Konstantin comes with an endorsement from John Banville, author of Doctor Copernicus (1976), which fictionalizes the trials and tribulations of another forefather of astrophysics as we know it today. Yet where Nicholas Copernicus battles against the technological and religious constraints of the sixteenth century to forward his heliocentric theory of the solar system and even…

Posted on 24th May 2012

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Two Cows and a Vanful of Smoke

It’s been noted that an inherent menace of recreational cannabis use (referred to in this book solely as ‘smoke’) is—far less than with drugs of a higher grading—exactly our negligence of it having menacing qualities at all. What paradoxically makes it so threatening is its very ubiquity in society, our general flippancy towards its distribution and intake. Coupled with this is a disregard for the…

Posted on 25th July 2011

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The Water Theatre

In an interview concurrent with the release of The Water Theatre, Lindsay Clarke claims that ‘the unconscious mind is the seabed of the imagination’. This is certainly true for his characters, who dream relentless, lurid dreams that are often more telling than their dialogue, and the book has an unfaltering mystic and hallucinatory undercurrent running…

Posted on 27th April 2011

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Gravity’s Volkswagen

There has always a kind of inverse correlation between the visual eccentricities of the Volkswagen Beetle and its enduring place in certain histories of the twentieth century—an incongruence between its bizarre shape and the profound individuals that have fashioned that shape over time. In Gravity’s Volkswagen, Nicholson goes to great length to remind us of…

Posted on 9th March 2011

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The Hidden

‘It has been said that history is written by the victors’, begins Tobias Hill’s compelling novel about the terrorism rife in Spartan history, both past and present, but ‘the truism is false in one case. The Spartans were once masters of all they surveyed, prevailing over Greece through fear and war, yet did not trust…