DVD Reviews of the Week – Matt Crisp

The Boat That Rocked – Set in the 1960s, The Boat That Rocked follows a pirate radio station situated aboard a ship. Even though the government is determined to shut them down, the radio station fights back and continues to deliver pop music to its dedicated listeners. Richard Curtis’s film is full of humour which …

Review: Jasmin Vardimon’s ‘Justicia’ – Bev Wass

This ruthlessly gripping court room cliff-hanger is an unbearably moving tour-de-force. Vardimon’s newest touring dance drama incorporates a unique quirky contemporary movement style, combined with a daring display of physical theatre and an intuitively original abstract use of theatrical technology. The choreographer’s key interest with her work is to tap into the human psyche and …

The Other Half Lives – Mel Morton

Sophie Hannah, Hodder & Stoughton, 2009 Sophie Hannah’s crime thriller, The Other Half Lives is a compelling read; with an intricate plot that holds you in suspense and keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. The unusual mystery begins to unravel when main character, Aidan Seed admits to new girlfriend, Ruth Bussey that some years …

Nineteenth Century Short Stories – Karen Williams

The New Windmill Book of Nineteenth Century Short Stories. This hard-back collection of short stories incorporates fiction written by such respected writers as Kate Chopin, Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte and Maxim Gorky, to name but a few. Before each short story there is a brief introduction to the writer, outlining some of their other works …

Zeitoun – Mel Morton

Dave Eggers - McSweeneys’ Books - July 2009 If, like me, you watched the horrific events of Hurricane Katrina unfold back in 2005, and remember the seemingly incompetent way George W Bush and his government handled the devastating fall out in New Orleans, then Zeitoun is the book for you. It has been written, understandably, …