Nov 28

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson, Ralph Steadman (Illustrator)

Ushering in the singularly unique style, jarring and abrasive style of Gonzo Journalism, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S.Thompson is a seminal pop culture book that had reverberating ramifications when it first hit the book-stands. Thompson once said “I hate to advocate, drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always …

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Nov 28

How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the F.A. Cup – J.L.Carr

The incredible Leicester City side that pulled what arguably has been the most endearing and unsuspected rabbit out of a priceless hat in 2016, might in all probability have been influenced by the fictional exploits of the motely crew that is Steeple Sinderby Wanderers. The factual miracle of Claudio Ranieri’s side has an eerie similarity …

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Nov 28

The Genius and The Goddess – Aldous Huxley

Yet another devastating masterpiece by one of the greatest writers of out time. “The Genius and The Goddess” is vintage Huxley at his desolate best! A scarring tragedy where impiety jousts with instinct, petulance grapples with philosophy and rationality loses out to ravishing lust. A young and talented John Rivers arrives at the family home …

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Nov 28

Easternization: War and Peace in the Asian Century – Gideon Rachman

The widely acclaimed author of “Zero-Sum World” has authored yet another thought provoking and essential work in the form of “Easternization”. Mainly dealing with the seminal shift of both economic and political power from the hitherto formidable West to the unmistakably rising East, Easternization provides the reader an enlightening perspective into the gradual but invariable …

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Nov 28

The Loved One – Evelyn Waugh

Inspired by Evelyn Waugh’s not so memorable tryst with Hollywood when an attempt was made to transform his masterpiece “Brideshead Revisited” into a film adaptation, “The Loved One” is a savage criticism of pretention, profligacy and pomposity. Dennis Barlow is a struggling out of favour English poet who lives in the United States of America. …

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Nov 28

Vile Bodies – Evelyn Waugh

Written by Evelyn Waugh in 1930, “Vile Bodies” is a scathing indictment of a decadent society that ran amok in London during the intervening period between the two World Wars. The excesses indulged in by the ‘bright young’ (as Waugh prefers to address the boisterous and raucous youth) ranged from various bouts of inebriation to …

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Nov 28

The Most Good You Can Do – Peter Singer

Over the past three decades, Peter Singer has been continuously jolting us out of our reverie by goading us to think about some of the most pressing issues plaguing humanity. He takes this entrenched habit of his a notch higher with his new book “The Most Good You Can Do”. Deliberately provocative and dilemma inducing, …

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Nov 28

The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell – Aldous Huxley

On a Monday morning in the spring of 1953, Aldous Leonard Huxley dissolved four-tenths of a gramme of mescaline in a glass of water, and, armed with the use of a sitter (his spouse) and a voice recorder, waited for the effects of the psychotropic substance to kick in. The resulting psychedelic experience was chronicled …

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Oct 21

Wind, Sand and Stars – Antoine de-Saint Exupery

Winner of the Grand Prix of the Academie Francaise, Wind, Sand and Stars is universally acknowledged as one of the most popular books on flying. However to cloister this indispensable Palmarium within the narrow confines of aviation would tantamount to causing absolute injustice, for Exupery’s work is a book on courage, confidence, catharsis and above …

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Oct 19

Prince: Purple Reign – Mick Wall

Mick Wall is undoubtedly the slam dunking, home run bashing, touch finding bad ass king of biographies featuring musicians and musical artists. In ‘Prince Purple Reign’, Wall takes on the reclusive figure of Prince and deconstructs – or attempts to in a honest mien – the incredible life of one of the most brilliant artists …

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