Tag: 1950s

Oli Jacobs – The Children of Little Thwopping | Review

Title: The Children of Little Thwopping

Author: Oli Jacobs

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 160

Rating 3.75/5



This book was a riot, although it’s also not for the easily offended. It follows a bunch of debaucherous young gentlemen in 1950s England when for some reason, everybody’s wives all become pregnant and the babies turn out to be aliens with laser beams for eyes.

It’s not necessarily the most realistic of books, but it is pretty entertaining and it reminded me of a sort of comedy horror take on something like The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham. I also think it was just the right length, because it would have been easy to make it double the length and to dilute it. I think that the story line could have stretched and so could the humour, but with the two of them together, I thought it was just right.



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Graham Greene – Yours Etc. | Review

Title: Yours Etc.

Author: Graham Greene

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 280

Rating: 3*/5


Graham Greene - Yours Etc.

Graham Greene – Yours Etc.


I’m not really too sure what I expected from this book because it is just a collection of Greene’s letters to the press. I guess I expected to understand what he was talking about a little more. That’s because the letters are pretty much just printed in chronological order without any real context.

Actually, that’s not true. You occasionally get what happened after the letter was published because it wasn’t unusual for someone else to then write in to make a reply. The problem is that it doesn’t really help if you don’t know what they’re talking about in the first place, as is often the case when he starts talking about global politics in the 1950s and 1960s.

Still, I mean this book is billed as Greene’s letters to the press and it’s exactly that, I just didn’t enjoy reading them as much as I thought I would. I’ve been a Graham Greene fan for years now and I’ve read a whole bunch of his books, so I ought to have loved this. Not the case, though. I think it would have been better if it had included footnotes or some other short introductions and information to expand upon what was there in the actual letters.

All in all, you’re not going to enjoy this unless you’re a serious Graham Greene fan, and even then it’s not that great. It might come in useful if you’re looking for citations for an essay or something like that but otherwise, it’s only so so. Read it at your peril and in chunks.


Graham Greene

Graham Greene


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