“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 ...

“Three Bedrooms in Manhattan” by Georges Simenon (published by Penguin Classics)

Between the sheets in ’American’ streets

Which Georges Simenon will turn up this time? Will it be “The greatest of all, the most genuine novelist we have had in literature” (André Gide)? “A truly wonderful writer … marvellously readable” (Muriel Spark)? “One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century” ...

“Maigret’s Patience” by Georges Simenon (published by Penguin Books)

Some cases take longer than others

Budapest is often called the “Paris of the east”, a tag that is supposed to flatter but is in fact rather patronising; after all, no one ever refers to Paris as the “Budapest of the west”. We thought of this while having our monthly ...

“Ukrainian Railroad Ladies” stand proud in portrait book

Right side of the tracks

Ukraine has long been consumed by turmoil: political prosecutions, a stalemated war in the east and the loss of its territory to an aggressive Russian neighbour, not to mention rampant corruption and a troubled economy. It’s easy to understand, then, why people here pay little attention to ...