Whatever Happened to Billy Parks?

BY ANDREW MOODY In the Irvine Welsh dominated past twenty years of football fiction (Welsh was the mentor of FOOTBALL FACTORY and ENGLAND AWAY scribe John King) violence, socialism and hard drugs have gone hand in hand with the beautiful game which is why Gareth R Roberts’ 2013 fictionalised memoir of West Ham legend Billy Parks was such a touching and refreshing read – Whatever … Continue reading Whatever Happened to Billy Parks?

Cari Mora

BY ANDREW MOODY One sunny afternoon I was overjoyed to discover Cari Mora, the latest novel by Hannibal Lecter creator Thomas Harris, who I recently profiled for CSM. Just as Lecter could only be birthed at the dawn of the 1980’s, as Quantico desperately profiled the spate of serial killers that had begun in the wake of the Manson slayings in 1969, so only in … Continue reading Cari Mora

Banalysis

BY ANDREW MOODY Witty, cleverly structured, argued and written, Frank Haviland’s BANALYSIS is driven by the same exasperated tone of the TV presenter in the classic 1970s movie NETWORK. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” Once, the author hopes, just this once, the truth will finally be told about the way the world really operates. It is only easy … Continue reading Banalysis

Harris’ Hannibal

BY ANDREW MOODY I remember my parents driving my brother and me through the Florida Everglades in 1999 and roadside shops had announcements they were stocking the new Thomas Harris novel, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs: BUY HANNIBAL HERE! HANNIBAL LECTER RETURNS! It seems strange in today’s post-digital multimedia age that a paperback book could generate that much anticipation and interest. The … Continue reading Harris’ Hannibal

Reflections on Houellebecq

BY ANDREW MOODY This is an example of the rational if nihilistic worldview of Legion de Honour (France’s highest literary prize) winner Michel Houellecbecq from his 1994 first novel Whatever: “It’s a fact, I mused to myself, that in societies like ours sex truly represents a second system of differentiation, completely independent of money; and as a system of differentiation it functions just as mercilessly. … Continue reading Reflections on Houellebecq

Snowden

BY ANDREW MOODY To many liberal Americans, Edward Snowden is a hero. To others (like Presidents Obama and Trump) he is a traitor who should be executed. In left wing auteur Oliver Stone’s weak film adaptation of the NSA whistle blower’s life and career, the very important and difficult job of National Security is treated like an all-powerful version of S.P.E.C.T.R.E and Snowden is portrayed … Continue reading Snowden

Welsh

BY ANDREW MOODY Iconic Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who once referred to himself as so famous and wealthy he was essentially “upper class”, called the anti-Semite psychopath (and potential UK Labour prime minister) Jeremy Corbyn “as the best of a bad bunch” in August 2017, shortly after the hung parliament. One of the most influential writers of the past twenty years, Welsh began life as the … Continue reading Welsh