Eased into New Year with Greg Keen’s Soho Dead, my first – full – book of the year. Very much by-the-book PI yarn but a great way to ease yourself out of the post Xmas hangover and the awful 12 months that almost certainly await us.
Followed that up with Barry (son of Brian and no relation to Boris) Johnson’s uneven biog of Kenneth Horne, Round Mr. Horne. Takes forever to get going but makes you want to go and hear the radio shows again so I suppose it served its purpose.
William (brother of Hugh, father of Liam) McIvaney’s Laidlaw. Written in 70s Glasgow and widely credited with starting the Tartan Noir crime writing genre, this is a book I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Bit dated and over-written in parts, but you can see at whose literary feet the likes of Ian Rankin and Malcolm McKay sat while honing their craft.
WILL READ NEXT
Time for another factual book so probably Barry Miles London Calling – still. only £2.84 on Amazon UK at time of writing