Reviews

Books, films, games and more

Writing reviews gives me an opportunity to explore my understanding of the media that I enjoy. I don’t give ratings, but things that I really love receive a Recommendation. Take care: there may be spoilers ahead.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

In 2012, The Chinese Room made a name for themselves with the lovely Dear Esther, an experimental new way to tell stories in games. Now this talented team demonstrate their exceptional craft with a beautiful and elegiac story about the end of the world.

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

The Girl on the Train

Rachel Watson imagines perfect lives for people she sees from the train on her daily commute. One day she witnesses something that doesn’t match her imagined fantasies and is compelled to get involved.

The Girl on the Train

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Alan Garner’s classic children’s adventure has enchanted generations with its tale of dark magic and ancient myth. I read it in 1982, aged 10 and was instantly hooked. Thirty-four years later, can it still capture my adult imagination?

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Reasons to Stay Alive

When he was 24, author Matt Haig suffered an emotional breakdown and tried to take his own life. In this short book he takes a brief look at the journey he took trying to overcome the depression and anxiety that had led him to contemplate suicide.

Reasons to Stay Alive

She Stoops to Conquer

Kent based Changeling Theatre perform a wonderful outdoor rendition of the classic comedy-of-manners by Oliver Goldsmith. The performance was funny, fresh and delightfully modern and encouraged me to see more from this wonderful group of actors.

She Stoops to Conquer

Doom

23 years after its great-grandad was born, the newest version of Doom is bigger and bloodier than ever before. With all the style and polish of a modern AAA game, can it recapture what made the original so great all those years ago?

Doom