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.
The idea of the arts and sciences as two separate endeavours devoid of a common purpose, (one devoid of creativity, the other of practicality) comprising differing measurable worth to opposing people is a fallacy that is relatively new.