Posts Tagged: books

20140114 Week at Airport

Review: A Week at the Airport (Alain de Botton)

Perhaps poignantly after just returning from a long and splendid transatlantic Christmastime holiday, and getting back into routine in the return to work, I finished Alain de Botton’s book, A Week at the Airport. A Week at the Airport is

20140114 Week at Airport

Review: A Week at the Airport (Alain de Botton)

Perhaps poignantly after just returning from a long and splendid transatlantic Christmastime holiday, and getting back into routine in the return to work, I finished Alain de Botton’s book, A Week at the Airport. A Week at the Airport is

20131001 Touching Distance

Review: Touching Distance (James Cracknell)

Reading this book was always going to have a special meaning to me, as my wife had a stroke about two years ago. Like James and Bev, my wife and I are writing a book together about our experience. We

20131001 Touching Distance

Review: Touching Distance (James Cracknell)

Reading this book was always going to have a special meaning to me, as my wife had a stroke about two years ago. Like James and Bev, my wife and I are writing a book together about our experience. We

20130314 Breadboy Invite

Breadboy book launch

Breadboy is Tony Macaulay’s sequel to Paperboy, growing up as a young teenager in Shankill, West Belfast. I was delighted to be invited to the book launch, having also been to the one for Paperboy, three years ago. Like then,

20130314 Breadboy Invite

Breadboy book launch

Breadboy is Tony Macaulay’s sequel to Paperboy, growing up as a young teenager in Shankill, West Belfast. I was delighted to be invited to the book launch, having also been to the one for Paperboy, three years ago. Like then,

20120805 Religion for Atheists

Review: Religion for Atheists

Alain de Botton proposes applying what has worked for religions to a more appealing atheism, in his book Religion for Atheists. He admits that a coherent theory will not be done in a single, short volume such as he has

20120805 Religion for Atheists

Review: Religion for Atheists

Alain de Botton proposes applying what has worked for religions to a more appealing atheism, in his book Religion for Atheists. He admits that a coherent theory will not be done in a single, short volume such as he has

20120403 To Kill a Mockingbird

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Somehow I escaped reading this essential school text, with its story of racism in 1930s American South. Living in Northern Ireland, I draw parallels with sectarianism, with its similar bigotry and prejudice. To Kill a Mockingbird was part of a

20120403 To Kill a Mockingbird

Review: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Somehow I escaped reading this essential school text, with its story of racism in 1930s American South. Living in Northern Ireland, I draw parallels with sectarianism, with its similar bigotry and prejudice. To Kill a Mockingbird was part of a

Discussing e-books on BBC Radio Ulster Saturday Magazine

You never know where a blog posting will end up — on the back of my praise for Libraries NI making available e-books for loan via the Overdrive mobile application, I was asked to participate in a discussion on BBC

Discussing e-books on BBC Radio Ulster Saturday Magazine

You never know where a blog posting will end up — on the back of my praise for Libraries NI making available e-books for loan via the Overdrive mobile application, I was asked to participate in a discussion on BBC

Borrowing e-books from Belfast Central Library

Well, the ability to borrow e-books from any public library in Northern Ireland somehow missed me. I only discovered this via an article in the magazine Tap!, in a review of the iPhone app Overdrive. It’s genius. But you will

Borrowing e-books from Belfast Central Library

Well, the ability to borrow e-books from any public library in Northern Ireland somehow missed me. I only discovered this via an article in the magazine Tap!, in a review of the iPhone app Overdrive. It’s genius. But you will

20100901 Review Paperboy

Review: Paperboy (Tony Macaulay)

Tony Macaulay is a respected professional community relations and youth worker based in Belfast. For example, he has written independently, “A discussion paper proposing a five phase process for the removal of ‘peace walls’ in Northern Ireland”. This book is

20100901 Review Paperboy

Review: Paperboy (Tony Macaulay)

Tony Macaulay is a respected professional community relations and youth worker based in Belfast. For example, he has written independently, “A discussion paper proposing a five phase process for the removal of ‘peace walls’ in Northern Ireland”. This book is

20100415 Paperboy Launch Invite

Paperboy book launch

Went to the launch of first book by Tony Macaulay, Paperboy, at the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Paperboy is a memoir of Macaulay’s experiences as a young paperboy growing up in the Shankill Road in the 1970s. Good crowd of his

20100415 Paperboy Launch Invite

Paperboy book launch

Went to the launch of first book by Tony Macaulay, Paperboy, at the Ulster Hall, Belfast. Paperboy is a memoir of Macaulay’s experiences as a young paperboy growing up in the Shankill Road in the 1970s. Good crowd of his

20100319 Kosovo cover

Review: Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know (Tim Judah)

I was once asked if I thought the Northern Ireland conflict was difficult to comprehend. Not really, I replied. What confounded me was that as so many people within Northern Ireland understood the various factors involved, why work towards any

20100319 Kosovo cover

Review: Kosovo: What Everyone Needs to Know (Tim Judah)

I was once asked if I thought the Northern Ireland conflict was difficult to comprehend. Not really, I replied. What confounded me was that as so many people within Northern Ireland understood the various factors involved, why work towards any

20100128 Obama

Review: Dreams from My Father (Barack Obama)

Difficult to add any enlightened review of a book read by so many. I enjoyed reading this pre-candidate autobiography, perhaps because of my personal hobby of genealogy. Obama provides insights to his personality, through the story of his own family

20100128 Obama

Review: Dreams from My Father (Barack Obama)

Difficult to add any enlightened review of a book read by so many. I enjoyed reading this pre-candidate autobiography, perhaps because of my personal hobby of genealogy. Obama provides insights to his personality, through the story of his own family

20090612 The Storm cover

Review: The Storm (Vince Cable)

Vince Cable is the chief economic spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, and his lucid explanations of the credit crunch and overall current parlous global economic situation has seen him well sought after by mainstream news media outlets. For good reason

20090612 The Storm cover

Review: The Storm (Vince Cable)

Vince Cable is the chief economic spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, and his lucid explanations of the credit crunch and overall current parlous global economic situation has seen him well sought after by mainstream news media outlets. For good reason

20090308 Book Eyewitness

Review: Eyewitness (Brendan Murphy)

I always wanted this book, Eyewitness: Four Decades of Northern Life, by Brendan Murphy, but the original cover price of £30 was a little steep for me. Thankfully, the Bookshop at Queen’s has it discounted to £8. I only had

20090308 Book Eyewitness

Review: Eyewitness (Brendan Murphy)

I always wanted this book, Eyewitness: Four Decades of Northern Life, by Brendan Murphy, but the original cover price of £30 was a little steep for me. Thankfully, the Bookshop at Queen’s has it discounted to £8. I only had

The Mac at 25 (Intelligent Life)

I’m a big fan of Douglas Coupland, ever since his first novel, Generation X. Okay, revealing my age here. In the same vain, Coupland wrote an article for The Economist’s lifestyle magazine, Intelligent Life. The Mac at 25Douglas Coupland (Intelligent

The Mac at 25 (Intelligent Life)

I’m a big fan of Douglas Coupland, ever since his first novel, Generation X. Okay, revealing my age here. In the same vain, Coupland wrote an article for The Economist’s lifestyle magazine, Intelligent Life. The Mac at 25Douglas Coupland (Intelligent

20090108 Ordinary Lives

Review: Ordinary Lives (British Council)

Thanks to a happy combination of a more peaceful place and the enlargement of the European Union, in recent years there has been an influx into Northern Ireland of new arrivals from East European countries. This is in addition to

20090108 Ordinary Lives

Review: Ordinary Lives (British Council)

Thanks to a happy combination of a more peaceful place and the enlargement of the European Union, in recent years there has been an influx into Northern Ireland of new arrivals from East European countries. This is in addition to

Book review: The Day the World Stopped to Run

On 31 August 2008, I participated in a global event, the Nike Plus Human Race 10K. About 800,000 runners ran in 25 cities, representing 142 countries. The Day the World Stopped to Run (978-1595910516) is a lushly photographed, oversized, 260

Book review: The Day the World Stopped to Run

On 31 August 2008, I participated in a global event, the Nike Plus Human Race 10K. About 800,000 runners ran in 25 cities, representing 142 countries. The Day the World Stopped to Run (978-1595910516) is a lushly photographed, oversized, 260