Book review: The Mongolian Conspiracy by Rafael Bernal

It’s as if the lead character of a madcap Hunter S Thompson novel has stumbled into a Graham Greene thriller – that’s the best way I can hope to set the scene for Rafael Bernal’s 1969 cult classic The Mongolian Conspiracy.

So I finally finished Shantaram…

I must’ve started reading this 933 page epic a year or so ago. From the first chapter I knew I loved it. And yet it took me so long to actually get through it. I realise now that I didn’t want to part with it.

A Simple Favour – the silkiest of cinematic spider’s webs

A Simple Favour starts as a sleek, twisty thriller before revealing an increasingly dark heart – a tricky balancing act that fizzles in and out.  Director Paul Feig is probably best known for his string of Melissa McCarthy comedies including Bridesmaids (2011), The Heat (2013), Spy (2015), and Ghostbusters (2016) so he might not be…