This delightful and hilarious novel should be required reading for anyone brave or foolish enough to consider a career in screenwriting (especially the Hollywood variety). At the same time, though, it’s not about screenwriting at all, but rather about how illogical, am...

When I ordered Lucy Ellman’s Ducks, Newburyport, I knew nothing about the book, other than that it had been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. So when it arrived I found myself looking around to see where the Candid Camera people were hiding. It’s a surprisingly la...

You know how sometimes one thing leads to another and you unintentionally end up making some kind of wonderful new discovery? Well, here’s how reading about the making of a 1987 swashbuckling satire of medieval Europe led me to read a truly amazing contemporary collect...

It’s been a while since I had so much fun reading words on a page (Howard Jacobson’s Coming from Behind springs to mind). I literally had to put this book down a few times while I bent over double laughing and reached for a tissue to mop up the tears. Humour is a diffi...

When I first started listening to podcasts – it must have been around 2007 – I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. A wealth of free information from experts in all the areas I loved: Neuroscience, philosophy, literature, movies… Since those early days, the number of p...

One of my absolute favourites on Netflix recently has been the series Russian Doll, created by Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler. The premise seems easy enough to get your head around: A cynical 36-year-old New York woman gets trapped in a time loop in wh...

Unlike many books I read, I didn’t deliberately search this one out. I was at my favourite bookshop, in a hurry and in need of a new book to read (for me, life without a book at bedtime is not an option). It’s always interesting to start reading a novel without any exp...

One of the trickiest verbs to translate is 'to look'. It’s a word that often flags up a missed opportunity to describe more precisely what a character is doing and feeling, using alternative words that give the reader (and director and actors) more practical informatio...

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