The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case by David James Smith

The killing of children by children is always a truly grievous occurrence in human affairs: one from which most of us who don’t work in the legal or policing or penal professions – and thus aren’t required to look in the abyss – will recoil and throw up our hands instinctively. This may in part | Continue reading The Sleep of Reason: The James Bulger Case by David James Smith

Britannia and its Great Exhibitions: Nikolaus Pevsner, Michael Leapman, 1851, 2012…

“It seems as if only magic could have gathered this mass of wealth from all the ends of the earth.” Thus Charlotte Bronte writing after her visit to Hyde Park’s Crystal Palace for the ‘Great Exhibition’ of 1851: that legendary pageant of imperial industry held in the 15th year of Victoria’s reign (with, had they | Continue reading Britannia and its Great Exhibitions: Nikolaus Pevsner, Michael Leapman, 1851, 2012…

A Leonard Two-Hander

After three acclaimed thrillers (Quiver, Trust Me and All He Saw Was the Girl), Peter Leonard returns with a real humdinger, a cat-and-mouse thriller which moves from 1970s Detroit to Munich as it follows its hero, Harry Levin, and his attempts to avenge the death of his daughter. [Scroll down for an introduction from Peter’s | Continue reading A Leonard Two-Hander