In short, this is an utterly delightful read, made to appear easy, effortless and brilliantly suspenseful, while never becoming predictable or cosy. Fans of BBC 1’s recent adaptation of Mapp and Lucia will appreciate its wit, period dialogue and attention to aesthetics. There’s plenty here, too, for aficionados of Sarah Waters: the same lightness of touch, rich historical detail and carefully calculated suspense. This is not a postmodern novel, nor is it a pastiche of the classic crime novels of the 1930s but it’s close to a cross between the two while being in a class all of its own. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. … [Read more...] about Curtain Call review – Anthony Quinn’s witty crime romp
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The narrator, Josef Vadassy, is an émigré Hungarian language teacher with an out-of-date Yugoslav passport. He was born in Szabadka, which the 1919 Treaty of Trianon transferred from Hungary to Yugoslavia (it's now known as Subotica, and is still in Serbia). While he was studying in Budapest, his father and brother were shot by the Yugoslav police for being social democrats. He has ricocheted around Europe, being thrown out of one country after another for not having his papers in order - an impossible demand - and is currently living and working in Paris. "If France expelled me there was nowhere left for me to go." The threat of deportation - after a spell in prison - looms when the chemist in a small village on the Corniche muddles up some rolls of film, and Vadassy finds himself accused of taking compromising photographs of French naval installations. While Kenton becomes a spy by mistake, Vadassy is mistaken for a spy. To clear his name, he has to work out which of his … [Read more...] about Dangerous games
Without a job to return to, she stayed with the 60ft yacht as it travelled down to Portsmouth on England’s south coast, helping out with a two-month renovation before joining its next voyage across the Atlantic. “I just said: ‘I could do that,’ as you do when you’re 19,” laughs Aspen. Once in Antigua, she cooked for wealthy tourists who chartered the yacht before it was hired by the Canadian film-maker Gregory Colbert to track sperm whales for his film Ashes and Snow. … [Read more...] about They got their dream job away from it all – but what happened next?
At the monument itself – a communist-era wall of stone and concrete lined with commemorative plaques in every language – the Duchess of Cornwall laid her candle at the English language plaque. It states: 'Forever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, women and children, mainly Jews.' … [Read more...] about ROBERT HARDMAN: Beneath blue and white caps, tears ran at the memory of the monstrous evil carried out at Auschwitz