3%

3% by Ben Macnair They say that a person, and a Banana share 97% of the same genetic material. It is that 3% difference that leads to bones, Teeth. Hair. Skin. Opposable thumbs. Inbuilt bullshit detectors. Technology. Music. Science. Art. Trolls. Film. Pack mentality, and the internet. and that the closeness between a human and […]

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Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith

Book Review – Public Library and other Stories by Ali Smith Review by Ben Macnair 9 out of 10 Following up the enormous critical and commercial success of the award winning novel How to be Both cannot have been an easy task for Ali Smith. The prolific short story writer, though has returned to the […]

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Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall

Review of The Beautiful Indifference by Sarah Hall Review by Ben Macnair 8 out of 10 ‘The Beautiful Indifference’ is a collection of short stories, where place and time is as important as character or plot. Here are eight stories that fit well together, to form a cohesive collection that looks at the Human condition […]

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Mourning dress, or how to dress well on a shilling a day

Mourning dress, or how to dress well on a shilling a day by Ben Macnair They have crossed the river, the rites have been performed, the right etiquette observed, centuries of behaviour refined, the correct attire, defined. The established order is shaken, families of all classes, broken. Carte de visite photography, all trades need to […]

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Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski

Book review – betting on the Muse by Charles Bukowski Review by Ben Macnair Over 400 pages, the influential prose writer and poet Charles Bukowski describes his favourite things in one of his last books – Betting on the Muse. During his prolific career Bukowski made a name for himself as both a writer of […]

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Book Review – Emerald City by Jennifer Egan

Book Review – Emerald City by Jennifer Egan by Ben Macnair The author Jennifer Egan made her name with a series of critically acclaimed, commercially successful novels, such as ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’ and ‘The Invisible Circus’ so her story-telling talents have been honed by years of practice. It is this facet of […]

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Review of Apathy and other Small Disasters by Paul Neilan

Review of Apathy and other Small Disasters by Paul Neilan St Martin’s Griffin Publishing, ISBN 978 0 312 352196 Paper-back – 231 Pages by Ben Macnair “If Tolstoy were alive today and working as a temp at Panoptican Insurance, he’d say that all insurance companies are the same, then throw himself through an eighteenth story […]

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Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Book Review – The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky Simon and Schuster – ISBN 978 1 84739 4071 by Ben Macnair Stephen Chbosky’s novel ‘The Perks of being a Wallflower’ is a book about growing up. About trying to fit in. About finding your own way. It is about standing out for […]

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