Nick’s latest novel has hit the UK, with this fantastic new jacket: Get your copies now: Amazon Waterstones Hive What’s more, this summer heralds the 20th Anniversary of HIGH FIDELITY, Nick’s very first novel. To mark the occasion there’s a brand new audio book, read by actor Russel Tovey (BEING HUMAN, THE HISTORY […]
TALES FROM THE ROAD 1: I am on a train from the south coast back to London. Across the aisle, three elderly passengers, two women and a man, buy coffee from the trolley. “What you do,” says the elderly man to his friends, “Is, you sip through the hole in the top of the lid.” […]
During an interview with Neil Hannity on Fox in the US a couple of weeks ago, Sarah Palin defended John McCain’s use of a phrase that is coming back to haunt him: HANNITY: Senator Barack Obama yesterday was attacking Senator McCain for saying that the fundamentals of the economy are strong. Do you believe that […]
Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1996; Arsene Wenger became manager of Arsenal in 1997. Blair saw off four Conservative leaders: Major, William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith, and Michael Howard. Arsene Wenger has seen off six Spurs managers: Gerry Francis, Christian Gross, George Graham, Glenn Hoddle, Jacques Santini and Martin Jol. Of course, Wenger is not […]
While looking for change in my jacket pocket, I pull out a piece of paper which, to my consternation, reads as follows: WARNING: NOT EVERYONE IS SUITED TO HAVING AN AFFAIR. THEY (sic) ARE NOT AN ALTERNATIVE TO WORKING ON OR ENDING A MARRIAGE. AFFAIRS CAN DAMAGE A GOOD MARRIAGE. ALWAYS CONSIDER OTHER PEOPLE AND […]
Craig Garthwaite and Timothy Jay Moore, in a paper entitled ‘The Role Of Celebrity Endorsements in Politics: Oprah, Obama, and the 2008 Democratic Primary’, reckon that Oprah’s endorsement “was responsible for 1,015,559 votes for Obama”. Typical academics: they’ll never stick their neck out. (From James Wolcott’s rollicking article in Vanity Fair, ‘The Good, The Bad […]
When, in his victory speech, Barack Obama told the crowd that “It’s been a long time coming…..”, he was, of course, alluding to Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, and who doesn’t love an election where you need to know a little about old R&B to understand the references in the rhetoric? Now we […]
Those of you who have not been following the US Presidential election in great detail might be mystified by John McCain’s obsession with a man named Bill Ayers. Back when Obama was a kid, Ayers used to belong to the Weather Underground, the radical dissident group involved in occasionally violent protest against the Vietnam War; […]
On my US book tour for ‘A Long Way Down’ a couple of years ago, I gave a radio interview on a temporary stage outside a baseball stadium in Chicago. Afterwards, a remarkably beautiful and very charming young woman on her way to the game asked me to sign a copy of Fever Pitch, and […]
A recent, terrific episode of the always great American radio series ‘This American Life’ posits the need for a magazine called ‘Modern Jackass’, to which those who finds themselves talking with confidence about a subject of which they are almost entirely ignorant would be able to contribute. (You can download TAL from www.thislife.org – go […]
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