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Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe

The Dinner

The Dinner: Herman Koch, September 3—5, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Two brothers and their wives have dinner together to discuss how to address the fact their respective children have committed a … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less

Not A Penny More, Not A Penny Less: Jeffrey Archer, August 20—28, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Not a penny more. Not a penny less. Just and no more, certainly nothing extra. … Continue reading

September 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Black Book

The Black Book: Ian Rankin, August 14—19, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Review to follow

August 19, 2016 · Leave a comment


Othello: William Shakespeare, August 12—14, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Othello is a high-ranking military official whom his supposed friend, Iago, sets out to utterly destroy. Motivated by (frankly unlikely) rumours that … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All: Jonas Jonasson, August 1—11, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ Hooray! A new Jonas Jonasson book! It’s exactly as madcap and bizarre as you’d hope … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

LIVE BLOG: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Spoiler warning: Plot events will be discussed in read-through order. For the spoiler-free review, click here. Beginning soon.

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies: William Golding, July 28—31, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ William Golding’s classic, Lord of the Flies, sees a group of young boys crash land on a desert island and … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Lunatic & Elyon

Lunatic/Elyon: Ted Dekker & Kaci Hill, July 27, 2016 My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊ Deep breath. I’ve run Lunatic and Elyon together into one feature-length day of misery because they are frankly awful … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: J.K. Rowing, July 13—26, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Right. This is it. The final book in what is probably one of the greatest series ever … Continue reading

July 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Blair Years

The Blair Years: Alastair Campbell, July 11—14, 2016 My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ With the publication of Chilcot’s Iraq Inquiry, it seems a good time to revisit the comments of a man who … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

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@Queen_UK Adolf Hitler agatha christie Alastair Campbell Aleksandr Orlov Andrew Neiderman Arthur Miller Bateman Ben Brooks Ben Elton Bram Stoker Bret Easton Ellis C.J. Cherryh Charles Dickens Chuck Palahniuk Dan Brown Dante Alighieri dashiell hammett david baldacci David Brin David Glattauer David Kirkpatrick David Line David Tennant David Wolstencroft Dylan Jones E.L. James Edgar Allen Poe Emilia Fox Eoin Colfer Erica Spindler Frank Peretti Gabrielle Lord Gareth Roberts Geoff Ryman George R. R. Martin George W. Bush Gillian Flynn Gillian Slovo Graham Greene Guy Piran Harper Lee Harriet Lane Herman Koch Ian Rankin J.K. Rowling Jack Thorne Jacqueline Rayner James Patterson Jasper Fforde Jeff Green Jeff Kinney Jeffrey Archer Jem Lester Jenny Robson Jeremy Clarkson Jerry B. Jenkins John Crowther John Green John Tiffany John Verdon Jonas Jonasson Judith Kerr Juliana Foster Justin Richards Kaci Hill Karen Levine Keeley Bolger Louis Walsh malorie blackman Marissa Meyer Mark Haddon Mark Z. Danielewski Martin Sixsmith Mary McNamara Matt Haig Matthew Ravden Michael Berry Michael Connelly Michael Morpurgo Michael Quirke Miguel de Cervantes Morris Gleitzman Morton Rhue Neil Sinclair Nick Hornby Nick Page Patricia Stotley Patrick Ness Paula Hawkins Paul Johnston Peter James R.J. Palacio Rachelle Dekker Raymond Chandler Richard Bachman Robert Louis Stevenson Robert Ludlum Robin Cook Robin Kirkpatrick sandra brown Sebastian Beaumont Sharon Osbourne Stella Rimmington Stephen Cole Stephen King Steve Lookner Steve Lyons Stuart MacBride Sue Townsend Suzanne Collins ted dekker Terry Pratchett Tim LaHaye Tim Randall Todd Strasser Tom Avery Tom Bower Tom Cain Tom Hoyle tony blair William Golding William P. Young William Shakespeare