The Couple Next Door – Book review

Just finished: The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena When I saw that this book was hailed the new The Girl on the Train I thought, oh no, I've already read that. Will this book bore me to death? The similarities are obvious from the get-go, but so are the differences. Both are worth a read. The… Continue reading The Couple Next Door – Book review


Thing that make me feel alive.

Now Playing: Summertime - My Chemical Romance The piano version of that song, that makes me feel alive. It has a melody that makes me feel like I'm on drugs, good drugs. Better than drugs. There She Goes by The La's has a similar effect. and This Night Has Opened My Eyes by The Smiths, my… Continue reading Thing that make me feel alive.

Obvious, but important, things I learned from cognitive-behavioural therapy

After suffering on my own with anxiety and depression for about 5 years, last year I finally got forced to get some professional help. A CBT therapist is what I was handed. Sadly, the sessions did not cure me. But they have helped me to realise when I am being ridiculously irrational, resulting in better… Continue reading Obvious, but important, things I learned from cognitive-behavioural therapy

“…but don’t forget the songs that saved your life…”

Now Playing: Rubber Ring - The Smiths Everyone has that one thing don't they? That girl at school with the weird horse obsession. The guy who just loved cars (started compensating at an early age?). What's my thing, you ask? Music. Or perhaps more specifically, men who are mentally disturbed. Fall Out Boy quite recently sang… Continue reading “…but don’t forget the songs that saved your life…”

Book Review: ‘The Artificial Silk Girl’ – Irmgard Keun

Translated by Kathie von Ankum from the German original, this short novel should be deemed a masterpiece in 20th century literature. However, due to Nazi censorship it was sadly almost forgotten about. A revival of the novel came about at the turn of the century, and after reading it I can understand why. This is novel full… Continue reading Book Review: ‘The Artificial Silk Girl’ – Irmgard Keun

Peter Hook & The Light – Gig Review

Time and Place: 3rd March 2017, Liverpool o2 Academy. Going on tour without the rest of the band (of the rest of the band...?) to perform the both of the bands' Greatest Hits sounds like an odd decision, but one that 'Hooky' certainly pulled off. (I sound suspicious, but I did always have...True Faith in… Continue reading Peter Hook & The Light – Gig Review

“But What’s IT All About?” – An essay on IT

Adrian Daub’s fascinating essay in the LA Review of Books on the Stephen King classic IT — now 30 years old — reveals that the real horror of IT wasn’t Pennywise the supernatural clown, but our own, entirely human ability to forget the horrors of the past. via But What’s IT All About?: How We Forgot… Continue reading “But What’s IT All About?” – An essay on IT

IT’s better than the film…

Books and movies are like apples and oranges. Both are fruit, but taste completely different. - Stephen King. And linking nicely to that quote, I recently finished Stephen King's masterpiece IT. Though it's common knowledge that it is one heck of a long novel, it is difficult to imagine that much is left out of the film given… Continue reading IT’s better than the film…