Growing up, my Dad didn't read to me at bedtime. Instead, he did something far better. He used to make up stories. Freestyle. Freestyle! And I took this completely for granted.
On the surface, it is the tale of a Manchester teenager who has to overcome obstacles in the way of success. Marcus is in Year 9 and is a talented footballer, spending every spare moment practising and, excitingly, being watched by a Manchester United talent scout.
Anyone interested in British history will enjoy Beckett's book. People often suggest that good books are page-turners. I disagree. The books I most enjoy are those that tempt me to spend time on each page and tempt me to re-read particular passages. This is such a book.
The Scattered by Richard Holledge I was having one of those chats about the meaning of life - from the fall of the British Labour Party to the rise of...
I read it, and even though I was only a kid my mind was truly blown. I think since then I've managed to read pretty much everything else PKD wrote, and it is a stunning body of work. But The Man in the High Castle, for me, stands literally head and shoulders over all the rest.