TRAILER – The City and The City

We've recently read China Mieville's The City and The City for not one but two book clubs this year and were absolutely thrilled by it. I podcast about it in January, before suggesting it to the Book Elf (@bookelfleeds) who mentioned it during our February podcast - and she's now passed it onto the Silent … Continue reading TRAILER – The City and The City


The X Files

Four new cases! Sort of. Had popped in to OKComics for one of our usual (increasingly) surreal, bizarre and incoherent conservations last week when I overheard one of their regulars discussing the X Files comic. As a HUGE fan of the series; I knew I'd have to read it. The X Files was one of … Continue reading The X Files

Breaking Bad – Ozymandias – Percy B Shelley

OZYMANDIAS PERCY B SHELLEY I MET a Traveler from an antique land,  Who said, "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone  Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,  Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,  And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,  Tell that its sculptor well those passions read,  Which … Continue reading Breaking Bad – Ozymandias – Percy B Shelley

Covering Shakespeare!

As a fan of the Bard, I'm very excited to read about the Hogarth Shakespeare programme, launching in 2016  to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. Similarly to the Canongate Myth series, contemporary authors will be commissioned to create 'cover versions' of many of William Shakespeare's most beloved plays. To reinvent the plays as prose, … Continue reading Covering Shakespeare!

Interview with Mark Catley

Leeds Book Club is thrilled to be joined by Mark Catley - a scriptwriter for TV (such as Casualty, Eastenders and a Call the Midwife episode here and there) and the stage (Angus Thongs and Scuffer).    We discuss his upcoming production at the West Yorkshire Playhouse of Sherlock Holmes - Best Kept Secret (squee!); his … Continue reading Interview with Mark Catley

WTFBC – Book 3 – The Complete Companion – Review

WTFBC     JOSS WHEDON   THE COMPLETE COMPANION  POPMATTERS  It's always tricky reviewing a book that naturally divides itself up - short stories for example. If you get too stuck in on one section; you might not have time to get an overall view of the writing and so on. And the write up's … Continue reading WTFBC – Book 3 – The Complete Companion – Review

WTFBC – Book 2 – Killer Angels – Review

WTFBC -    KILLER ANGELS  Michael Shaara   A few more book clubbers attended this week - so we instantly got to work on dissecting the book.  Certainly everyone found the level of detail to be fascinating - with one noting that it felt like the author had witnessed it first hand! He presented the … Continue reading WTFBC – Book 2 – Killer Angels – Review