Sunday, October 25, 2009


The Kindness of Women, 1993, by J.G. Ballard. Interesting, semi-autobiographical, about his life in England post-war. A good writer. Starts with him still in the POW camp outside Shanghai and ends with the making of the movie about that time, Empire of the Sun.

Justin Cartright's To Heaven by Water, 2009. Half way through and I think I like it. Finished it and liked it a lot. I like his writing, like the words he uses. Liked the characters too.

Am enjoying Mark Billingham's latest Thorne mystery; Blood Line, 2009.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Exit Orange and Red by Martyn Bedford, a novel about the steel manufacturing process in the UK, a huge mall, unions, journalism. Pretty good. 1997. I bought this second hand from the UK, must have been one of Nick Hornby's recommendations.

Listened to A Big Little Life: A Memoir Of A Joyful Dog by Dean Koontz in the car. A golden retriever, a CCI dog, she sounds like a very well behaved creature and much loved dog. She had a bath once a week! Rebus gets a bath twice a year. Oh well.

The Anthologist continues to be really good. And I started The Kindness of Women, 1993, by J.G Ballard and it is very good. It is the sequel to his autobiographical Empire of the Sun.

Friday, October 2, 2009

September knitting

my favourite sock pattern so far. Green socks.

Some colourful socks

The blue blob gets slowly bigger..