David Palin’s latest novel may begin on a humdrum residential street, but Let The Game Commence is as far from ordinary as you can get. A dark and twisted thriller centered around a cult board game and the vast fortune of its deceased, reclusive, creator, Palin explores the murkier corners of human nature and how greed can make people do terrible things. In this interview, we discuss David’s influences, his willingness to explore humanity’s more sinister side, and how truth can often be stranger than fiction.
Manchester is a lively, multicultural city filled to the brim with things to see and do and there’s incredible history to the city too. Many books have been written on the music of Manchester, the historical significance of some of its most amazing buildings, and even the gangs that have populated the city over the years. However, where do you go if you want to escape the hustle and bustle, and settle down with a good book? Well, in no particular order, we have some recommendations for you.
What would Sal Paradise be drinking if On The Road was set today? What’s the perfect tipple to head down the rabbit hole with Alice in Wonderland? As much as we love classic books, we also love good beer. That’s why we asked our friends at Traders in Marple — a fantastic craft beer pub just down the road from our offices — to pair a selection of tasty craft beers with some classic books and the results are fantastic.
In his exploit, Glasgow police officer Angus Thoroughgood heads south from his beloved city and finds himself in Manchester. More specifically, this is Manchester in 1990 when football, music, and the city’s infamous nightclub scene were at a fever pitch. And although it isn’t home for the Scot, it’s the perfect backdrop for author R.J. Mitchell’s brand of gritty, high-octane crime writing.