Michael Paraskos

Telluride Hot Air Balloon Festival in Colorado

Like Birdsong – only cheerful

2 August 2014 9:00 am

It is difficult to know whether Clive Aslet intended a comparison between his debut novel, The Birdcage, set in Salonica…


What would Raymond Chandler do?

3 May 2014 9:00 am

If the inclusion of the erstwhile master of the genre, Raymond Chandler, as a fictonalised character in a pastiche 1930s…


Philip Marlowe returns with bark but no bite

5 April 2014 9:00 am

With so much Nordic noir around, it’s a relief to return to the granddaddy of them all, the hard-boiled private…

What a coincidence

12 October 2013 9:00 am

If you are going to read a novel that plays with literary conventions you want it written with aplomb. In…

Whirligig, by Magnus Mcintyre - review

1 June 2013 9:00 am

I do not have much time for the idea of the redemptive power of the countryside. I am not alone…

There is endless borrowing from modernist culture, with Seurat’s ‘Sunday at La Grand Jatte’ acting as a touchstone

'Lord Horror: Reverbstorm', by David Britton and John Coulthart - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

As the son of the last British artist to be successfully prosecuted for displaying obscene paintings, I have some empathy…

Illustration from 'The Lancashire Witches' by Philip C. Almond

An everyday story of country folk

29 September 2012 9:00 am

It is not a criticism of Philip Almond that The Lancashire Witches, published to mark the 400th anniversary of the…

Cracks in the landscape

19 May 2012 10:00 am

Sartre tried to prove that hell is other people by locking three strangers in a room for eternity and watching…

Trouble at mill

12 May 2012 10:00 am

I have some sympathy with the pioneering incomers who moved to the Yorkshire mill town of Hebden Bridge in the…