MILES SALTER – “ANIMALS”

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MILES SALTER – “ANIMALS” (reviewed by Steve Rudd) Few collections of poetry pack as hearty a punch as the second from York-based writer and musician Miles Salter. The eagerly-anticipated follow-up to 2011’s ‘The Border’, this collection focuses on all manner …

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“THE HOTTEST STATE” & “STARMAN”

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Here are some short and sweet book recommendations in place of the usual fully-fledged reviews, quite simply because I haven’t had time to write up these reviews in more detail. The fact is, there are too many great books, and …

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“SILK DREAMS, TROUBLED ROAD”

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Silk Dreams, Troubled Road by Jonny Bealby Reviewed by Steve Rudd   The third and final travel book in a fascinating and most exhilarating trilogy, this epic account follows Jonny across the mountains of heaven on the Old Silk Road, from Kashgar to …

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“ASH WEDNESDAY”

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Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke Reviewed by Steve Rudd   “The definition of grace is the ability to accept change.”  Far more than the fantastic pretty boy actor that he’s been seen as since his fantastically tender performance in the …

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“ROADS”

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Roads by Larry McMurtry Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Better known for his novel-writing than his travel-writing, Texan man McMurtry’s most famous works include the epic Western story Lonesome Dove and the tear-jerking Terms of Endearment & The Evening Star. For much of his life, he’s been …

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“HEMINGWAY’S CHAIR”

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Hemingway’s Chair by Michael Palin  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Bearing in mind that Michael Palin has literally travelled around the world and back (and then some), you’d think that his debut novel might be, well, a little more exciting! Far from …

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STEVE HAMILTON – “ICE RUN”

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Ice Run by Steve Hamilton Reviewed by Steve Rudd   This is Steve’s sixth Action-Thriller novel, and it is arguably his most exciting and accomplished so far. Michigan-born Steve sets the majority of his work in such a perpetually snowbound …

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“BIG SUR”

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Big Sur by Jack Kerouac Reviewed by Steve Rudd   “It’s the little things that count. On my deathbed I could be remembering that creek day and forgetting the day MGM bought my book.” Another classic novel from Beat-generation master Kerouac, Big …

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“THE GOODBYE PEOPLE”

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The Goodbye People by Gavin Lambert Reviewed by Steve Rudd   “Loneliness doesn’t consist of not having friends. Loneliness has nothing to do with that! It’s being unable to express your deepest feelings and most private thoughts.”  This novel is …

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“COLD IN JULY”

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Cold In July by Joe R. Lansdale Reviewed by Steve Rudd   This Texan author is surely one of the hottest Action-Thriller writers of his generation. An expert in martial arts himself, his stories are always graced with superb plots …

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