Sunday, 8 September 2013

House arrest



I’m allowed books and internet.So…..  Been reading In Another Light by Andrew Greig. Now, I've read some of his stuff before, and we have some shared background and interests, so I should be in his target demographic. However, I have to say that I was disappointed.

That’s not to say that it is not a fair page-turner, if you are not put off by the the parallel sub-plots unravelling in alternate chapters. It’s about Life and Death (what isn’t ?) and Islands. there is a lot of distinctly average writing interspersed with the occasional little nuggets which serve to remind you that the author is capable of better.

The plotting is far too contrived – resolving a love triangle (twice) by making one of the trio come out as gay is, frankly just lazy.Deus ex closeta ?. The  Miss Haversham type character is believable in Dickens, but simply a caricature in 21st century Edinburgh.Even in Trinity !

I did finish it, and if you are looking for an unchallenging light read, then this might fill the bill.But you would probably be better off with something by Christopher Brookmyre.



Don’t think we’ve had Bessie on the show before. Shame.



When I used to hitch to London of a weekend to take in the music scene in Greek Street and Wardour Street these people used to sometimes provide a bit of floor for my sleeping bag.



This is my kind of shit

Stones have never done anything worthwhile since he left and they brought in that poser Ron Wood


  1. Agree totally about Mick Taylor. It was good to see him back at Glastonbury.

    1. Somewhere in the bowels, or is it the colon, of this blog's archive is my (almost true) story of how Mick Taylor beat me to the Stones job, via Alexis Korner and John Mayall, by a matter of a couple of seconds hesitation.
      And of course a shed load of talent.