Reviews of my favourite books, and the plays and films I’ve recently seen

A Street Cat Named Bob: Film Review

‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ is the film of the best-selling book (and its sequel). I’m a great cat lover and enjoyed the book, so going to see the film was a must. It’s fun and full of some lovely cat scenes, but the entertainment value comes at the expense of the book’s deeper meaning.

Words Matter

  As David Cameron knows, a single word can have a big impact. I am of course referring to ‘swarm’ not  ‘pig’. Cameron calling migrants a ‘swarm’ positioned himself as uncaring and out of touch with public compassion towards our fellow humans. Repetition of that single word replays our reaction in an instant. I had …

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H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald

This is one of the best books I’ve ever read: beautifully written, moving and informative. The story is rather unusual – the training of a goshawk – but its many layers cover themes that are common to us all.