The Rick O’Shea Book Club Summer Reads 2018

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    The hardest part of figuring out what to recommend in a “Summer Reads” list is usually not what to actually include (although this list could have been double the size), but what actually is one? Thankfully I’m in no way qualified to try and define that so I’m taking my usual easy way out and simply giving you ten books that I think you might enjoy whether you’re going away or staying at home…   David Graeber – Bullshit Jobs – A Theory Ever felt as if your job has no meaning, brings no value in to the […]

Short Book Reviews – February 2018

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    Liz Nugent – Skin Deep If you’ve read the awesome Liz Nugent’s first two novels (and if not, why not?) then you know what to expect here. A killer first line to drag you in and a morally compromised central sociopath (or two), except this time a fair chunk of the lifelong slow motion car crash that is Cordelia’s life, and the constantly shifting ground of her story in which many things are never what they seem, takes place on the Côte d’Azur. I have to say little about it as it’s not out until March but keep your […]

Big Google Maps Is Watching You

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Fancy something terrifying? Cool.   If you have a Gmail account on your phone (or laptop) log in and then open the Google Maps app (or the maps website on your laptop).   Click the menu at the top left and go to “your timeline”.   If it’s like me, it should be able to tell you your exact movement, places visited, modes of transport and all… right down to the minute (here’s one day I was on holiday in Berlin – yes I cycled 15km that day).   Now we all know our phone has GPS and the the […]

Rick O’Shea Book Club Recommended Reads – Jan 2018

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And here we go again… For January we’ve chosen 4 very different books which, I hope, will kick start your reading for 2018. I hope there’s at least one for everyone… Matt Haig – How To Stop Time What if there were a tiny portion of the human race who lived for centuries, aging incredibly slowly and being almost invulnerable but weren’t vampires. They were just people. How would you survive people noticing you didn’t age if you were born in the age of witches? How would you make a living? Most importantly, how would you survive without love? Min […]