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Brighton Rock – stick to the plot, please

One of the first films I saw this year (apart from a re-run of my old favourite, The Eagle Has Landed) was the remake of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock. I read the book in 2011 and liked its balance of intrigue and deliberately uncomfortable moments, especially concerning the amoral gang leader, Pinkie Brown. When it … Continue reading

The 39 Steps: 1959 film adaptation

Not every hero has to possess the suave charm of James Bond or the action potential of a Marvel comic strip; some of the easiest characters to love are the ones who reek of normality and wouldn’t stand out in a crowd. Richard Hannay (Kenneth More) is definitely part of this brigade, and he manages … Continue reading

Are Book Covers Too Generic? The Male Edition

Of course, it goes without saying that my book cover articles are not exclusively for ‘male’ or ‘female’ readers; I’m focusing on the target audience that a specific genre of book is aimed at. In the case of these three stereotypical offerings, which again have been mocked up by me to illustrate a point, men … Continue reading

Are Book Covers Too Generic? The Female Edition

Whilst sitting down to the first in a new series of the excellent TV Book Club on More 4, it occurred to me that I knew exactly what kind of fiction they were going to discuss, merely by looking at the cover artwork. These days, publishers are completely switched on to tried and tested colour-schemes … Continue reading

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