Game of Drones

BY ANDREW MOODY I’ve never seen a show self-sabotage itself quite the way Game of Thrones managed to do in its unwatchable final season, pleasing nobody and upsetting millions. Sad to see such promise let national identity politics define what was initially ground-breaking. After the dust from the belly flop has ended its first round (and the whispers begin), I realise that few are even … Continue reading Game of Drones

White

BY ANDREW MOODY “Across the board, identity politics endorse the concept that people are essentially tribal, and our differences are irreconcilable, which of course makes diversity and inclusion impossible. This is the toxic dead-end of identity politics; it’s a trap.” It took me a long time to read American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis’s first non fiction book WHITE, and I must confess it was … Continue reading White

20 Years on from Columbine

BY ANDREW MOODY On April 20th 1999, in a large, non-descript school called Columbine High (Home of the Rebels) in Littleton, Colorado, one of the most notorious crimes in American history unfolded, that would define Bill Clinton’s presidency almost as much as Monica Lewinsky. Two teenage students, Eric Harris, 18 and Dylan Klebold 17, shortly after attending the prom, attacked the school with automatic weapons … Continue reading 20 Years on from Columbine

We Need to Talk About Kevin

BY ANDREW MOODY Lionel Shriver is no stranger to controversy. Last year she was dropped from a Penguin short story judge panel for making “offensive” remarks on literary diversity. In a column for the Spectator in June of that month, she angrily wrote: “Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the company’s raison d’etre as the acquisition and dissemination of good books. Rather, the … Continue reading We Need to Talk About Kevin

High Window

BY ANDREW MOODY Raymond Chandler is one of 1940s America’s most influential writers, most famous for his Private Detective Philip Marlowe. The High Window is the third Marlowe novel, preceded by Farewell My Lovely, and (the most famous of his Marlowe novels) The Big Sleep. It has to be said that the producers of the Humphrey Bogart movie version of The Big Sleep called Chandler … Continue reading High Window

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