The Mayor of London rips off the counter-culture

How excited Barry Miles must have been when the news reached him that his new book London Calling: A Counter-Cultural History of London since 1945 was to be a full-page review  in a popular Sunday newspaper, the Mail on Sunday, and by a blue-chip reviewer, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Sadly for Barry, it …

Impressive to behold – but a virtuous pain to read

Just one now and then, a review appears which takes a step back from the book, film or play under consideration and  makes a wider, more significant point.   A case in point is Walter Kirn’s recent review in the New York Times of Ian McEwan’s new novel Solar – a book so good, Kirn’s …