.. .. .. Are you reading now?
Fortunately, I got a pre-copy of the Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin.
Rankin has completed an unfinished Laidlaw novel by McKillvanie, who died and was overlooked. This is an inspiration for many people. crime Writers including Rankin himself.
This is like George Best, Lionel Messi Play with the same team or Mick Jagger will duet with Elmore James. That is the dream of criminal novel fans.
.. .. .. Are you going to an uninhabited island?
Assuming there is no book on how to get off a desert island, it must be Craig Brown’s “One Two Three for: The Beatles in Time.”
Mark Billingham (pictured) is currently reading a pre-copy of the Dark Remains by William McIlvanney and Ian Rankin.
I’m a sucker for a book about The Beatles, but it’s something different, completely fun and fascinating.
It’s about how Fabfor changed the world and focuses primarily on the lives of those who have temporarily drifted into their orbit.
I’ve already read it twice, so I enjoyed reading it over and over again. Just by talking to Paul McCartney’s postman, I can helplessly search for food and scream for help another day.
.. .. .. Did you first give you a reading bug?
I read some good books at school — for example, to kill Mockingbird and Animal Farm — but I had to read these. They were homework.
Then I read the Godfather paperback by Mario Puzo, and everything changed. Until then, I didn’t expect books to have such visceral power. At that time, I learned the true meaning of “not convincing”.
Mario Puzo’s Godfather first gave him a reading bug and he learned that “incredible” really meant
Of course, there were some. .. .. A cheeky passage that impressed a 13-year-old boy.
.. .. .. I caught a cold?
I rarely wait that long. If the book even leaves me in lukewarm water, I give it up and pick up another. Reading shouldn’t be a war of attrition, and there are too many great books out there to waste your time plowing something you aren’t enjoying.
When I give it a name, I always feel like I’m witnessing to McCarthy, but with a gun in my head, I find it difficult to get through many of Agatha Christie’s stuff these days.
Sure, an original plot, and definitely a giant in this genre, but some characterization leaves me a little. .. .. chilly.
Mark Billingham is a special guest at the Seekston Old Peculia Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, July 22-25. His new book, Rabbit Hall, is now on sale (Little, Brown £ 20).