A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara review – where does suffering end?

In Steve Martin's L.A Story, he remarks 'Why is it that we don't always recognize the moment when love begins but we always know when it ends?' In a similar vein, while we can probably identify the start of a story of abuse, how do we determine when it ends? There is a great human need … Continue reading A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara review – where does suffering end?

2020 – thanks for the lessons

So, what then to make of this year that just passed? Surely, the most bizarre of years in just about everyone’s life. Or at least for most of us. We faced unprecedented bad news, with no end in sight, were tested to the maximum by….being forced to stay indoors, not frequent our favourite shops and … Continue reading 2020 – thanks for the lessons

Slowing down time

Remember those scenes in movies where a car hits a guy, or a bullet shoots through a window - and the film-maker goes for this attention-grabbing slow motion technique that is gimmicky and utterly compelling to watch? Well, recently I was tasked with trying this out on the page. Here are the results. Comments welcome. … Continue reading Slowing down time


Normally it’s finite time That heightens my senses The hurtling deadlines awaken me Working hard to meet someone else’s goal. But now, the ticking is more sinister unyielding Time passing, and indubitably Life itself. Who knows what tomorrow brings? If not the hope of many many tomorrows. The world in a grain of sand, That … Continue reading Deadline