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Woo! Peckham! Up the South East London! And other tribal cheerings. I'm very much looking forward to DJ Connell. I picked up Julian Corkle from one of the free boxes at a Book Swap earlier this year and read it on my travels, not expecting a whole lot. It ended up being my favourite of them all (and I took Girl with a Dragon Tattoo with me). You know when you read something and it fills you with glee? That. Even when it gets a bit darker it's still a lot of fun, the kind of fun that makes you think the author will be fun. I hope he likes parkin.

He is a she.

That's what happens when you leave a book on another continent. That makes me love the book even more; I was convinced the author was a guy, the book gets into the teenage boy headspace so well. At least, I thought so. You'll see.

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Quick Flicks

One You May Have Missed

  • Ian Holding: Unfeeling

    Ian Holding: Unfeeling
    Unforgettable novel told from the point of view of the son of a white Zimbabwean farmer whose land is reclaimed by an armed mob. I thought it was an oustanding debut and am surprised the author didn't go on to bigger and better things.

Big Mouth at the Movies

  • : Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Confused. Terrible dialogue. And what little CGI they did use looked rubbish. A huge disappointment. (**)

  • : Jiro Dreams Of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
    Documentary about the best sushi chef in the world. Made me really want some eel nigiri. (****)

  • : Me Without You

    Me Without You
    Second time I've seen this. It was the film that made me realise Michelle Williams was amazing. (****)

  • : Meteora

    Beautifully shot. Not enough plot. (***)

  • : Untouchable

    One of the most successful French movies of all time. I can see why. (****)

  • : Involuntary

    Swedish film that cleverly looks at group dynamics and how they influence the actions of the individual. Sort of cinema verite in style, the shots of often framed as if you are a voyeur looking on. (****)

  • : The Fall

    The Fall
    What a great movie. Amazed I had never heard of it before. Stunning cinematography. Loved it. (*****)

  • : Where the Truth Lies

    Where the Truth Lies
    Interesting thriller. Not a classic, by any means, but worth a look if it's on the telly. (***)

  • : Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy
    Good fun, I thought. Not the best film in the world but a cut above the usual superhero stuff. (****)

  • : The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya

    The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya
    Unlike any animation I have seen. Quite stunning. (****)

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