Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King More than 30 years on, America's master of horror is returning to one of his most enduring characters, Danny Torrance, the little psychic boy whose father went mad in the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. Danny is now Dan, and middle-aged, using his "shining" power to help the dying in a hospice, when he meets a 12-year-old girl threatened by a great evil. Hodder & Stoughton, 24 September. … [Read more...] about 2013 books preview: Jane Austen gets tough, The Shining revisited and Boyd takes on Bond
It is at Christmas that he gets a call from someone who says she is his cousin. There have been so many false leads, you feel disinclined to be excited. But the call is miraculous. And having shown himself to be self-possessed as a writer, he is suddenly overcome. Christmas deepens the unreality, as if learning that his mother was alive could only be a festive hoax. He is told that she is a 'lively 70-year-old living in West London'. Remembering the moment now, he says: 'It was great, if a little terrifying. I was very, very confused.' He called his cousin back to ask her how he could tell whether it was true. His cousin tells him, 'Sweetheart, what can I say? It is all true.' … [Read more...] about Loyal hunt of the son
Tom Shippey is the author of JRR Tolkien: Author of the Century, a companion to Tolkien's work and a spirited defence of fantasy writing, which puts Tolkien in the context of the legendary storytelling tradition.Buy JRR Tolkien: Author of the Century at Amazon.co.uk … [Read more...] about Tom Shippey’s top 10 books on JRR Tolkien
However, as he says: 'I do think a lot, though.' The intellect that has dazzled readers since the publication of The Collector 40 years ago is still razor-sharp, if haphazard. His recall is patchy, and he is forever wafting a questioning hand at Sarah, his second wife: 'She is my memory now.' He sporadically forgets the titles of his books, referring to The Magus as 'that Greek book I wrote a long time ago' and Daniel Martin as 'me in America'. … [Read more...] about Fair or Fowles?
To improve on Greene would be difficult; Jeremy Lamb had a stab at it in his 1993 biography, So Idle a Rogue, which placed Rochester in a tradition of English satiric verse but over-emphasised the alcoholism. Alexander Larman, in Blazing Star, provides a worthy addition to Lamb. Rochester was encouraged in his mischief by the Loyalist backlash against Puritan correctitude, says Larman. Amid the wags and blades of that frivolous age, Rochester could misbehave royally. His antics were often at loggerheads with the fripperies of the Carolinian court, though. A contradictious man, Rochester might be "swiving" and duelling the one day, and a devoted husband the next. … [Read more...] about Blazing Star: The Life and Times of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester review – the wild man of the Restoration