“Born on the Fourth of July” by Ron Kovic (published by Canongate)

52 years in a wheelchair, so far

The Vietnam War was an American disaster. Iggy Pop, who performed in Budapest last year, avoided it by acting crazy at his draft hearing. Creedence Clearwater Revival sang about the “Fortunate Son”s of senators who were assigned at home instead of fighting in the ...

“Stranger Than Kindness” by Nick Cave (published by Canongate)

Magic, mostly, in this Aladdin’s Cave

We have the Royal Danish Library to thank for this handsome book displaying a splendid collection of Nick Cave kitsch and ephemera, handwritten lyrics and original artwork, archival photographs and personal possessions.

“Me” by Elton John (published by Macmillan)

Have you heard the one about Princess Diana?

“The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star,” says Elton John, meaning that he was just an ordinary bloke from a dull London suburb. What he says is partly true – you don’t have to sing ...

“Greyhound” by C.S. Forester (published by Penguin Books)

Dogged by death in the deep

C.S. Forester died in 1966 and he is not forgotten in The Budapest Times office, where we have a nice little collection of 18 of his books. But they don’t include “Greyhound”, and in fact we were a bit puzzled when it was published ...

Six books contest UK's leading literary award

Four debuts make Booker Prize shortlist

The big news about the shortlist of six authors for this year’s Booker Prize seems to be not so much that four debut novels have been included but that two-time winner Hilary Mantel has missed out.

“The Names Heard Long Ago – How the Golden Age of Hungarian Football Shaped the Modern Game” by Jonathan Wilson

Golden Team the cradle of modern football

The most popular sport in Hungary is and will be football. Although its present state is rather poor, it can at least look back on a fabulous history.

“The Goldfinger Files. The Making of the Iconic Alpine Sequence in the James Bond Movie ’Goldlfinger’” by Steffen Appel and Peter Waelty (published by Steidl)

When Bondmania began

James Bond film number 27 will appear this November, and of the 26 so far since “Dr No” in 1962, “Goldfinger” is consistently rated one of the very best – number one (Rotten Tomatoes, Rolling Stone), second-best (the Guardian, the Independent, Reader’s Digest), third ...

“She’s a Rainbow. The Extraordinary Life of Anita Pallenberg” by Simon Wells (published by Omnibus Press)

Street fighting woman

Anita Pallenberg certainly lived a life with far more thrills than most mortals – bedding down with the naughty Rolling Stones and all that – though readers of this, the first biography of her, may get the feeling that at times author Simon Wells ...

“Too Much and Never Enough. How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man” by Mary L. Trump

Taking Donald down

Mary L. Trump has written a tell-all lengthy character assassination of her uncle, the 45th and current President of the United States of America

“Small Hours. The Long Night of John Martyn” by Graeme Thomson (published by Omnibus Press)

A one-man wrecking ball

In the late 1970s, record company public relations lady Dawn Murray, in Sydney, Australia, was excitedly awaiting a tour by one of her musical heroes, British singer-songwriter John Martyn. He was distributed Down Under by her record label, Festival, so Dawn would be overseeing ...