Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Micky C on BBC...

Michael Chabon wrote one of my very favourite books, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY. A novel I did not want to end. A big, chunky novel to get lost in. A novel like a duvet, to wrap yourself in when the world outside is cold and hostile. It's a glorious book and I cannot reccomend it highly enough. Nor for that matter his novel WONDER BOYS (the film of which is actually as good, though the things I like best about one are not what I like best about the other - thus making them mutually loveable and yet totally distinct), or his 'Sherlock Holmes' novel (though he never quite identifies our hero) THE FINAL SOLUTION.

Quite frankly, all of his work is worth your time, and his most recent book - MANHOOD FOR AMATEURS is being read on Radio 4 as 'Book Of The Week'.

It's a nonfiction collection. And, like all his writing, it's wonderfully evocative.

Do yourself a favour and give it a listen HERE.

And,if you like what you hear, well, why not pop in and buy some. Chabon never lasts long on our shelves because he's one of the safest bets for me when someone asks me to recommend them something GOOD.

But we can order new stuff as well... What's that? you never realised!? OH YES! WE CAN ORDER NEW BOOKS FOR YOU TOO!!! AND USUALLY AT 20% OFF THE COVER PRICE! (end of advertising voice).

Really though, if you've never read any Chabon, I can't recommend him highly enough.

So, if you want something worthwhile to read when you're sitting in the sun (now that it's here), or even something not so worthwhile - we've got some very diverting/entertaining trash in here too - why not pop in on your way to wherever it is you're going?