My Favourite Novel by Mark Timlin

  THE BIG SLEEP by RAYMOND CHANDLER The Big Sleep is Raymond Chandler’s masterpiece. The best crime novel ever written bar none. Almost single handedly Chandler invented the genre of the hard drinking, hard smoking, hard loving, sharply dressed, first person, private detective, with a wisecrack for every occasion, and… Continue reading

Book review: London Boulevard by Ken Bruen

London Boulevard Ken Bruen, The Do-Not Press, £6.99 Galway writer Ken Bruen lived over a decade in Brixton and Kennington as special teacher for so-called ‘low achievers’. Along the way he picked up a Runyonesque feel for south-east London and its people that first exploded on to the page in… Continue reading