April 2021 Reads

Here’s the books I read in April…

Britpop Cinema by Matt Glasby

It’s the 1990s. It’s British cinema. Of course I’m going to love it! I didn’t agree with everything though. Glasby seems to twist his own interpretation of what ‘Britpop Cinema’ actually is to ensure he doesn’t have to write about some of the crap films that came along in the 90s, focusing only on the good. It’s a shame because, they are all clearly meeting the criteria. But that’s just me, as a film critic myself and one with a specific interest in British film and this period, feeling that I’d have done it differently. It remains a good and insightful read.

Rating 4/5

The Alzheimer’s Solution by Dr Dean Sherzai and Dr Ayesha Sherzai

A friend on social media reached out to me, knowing that I care for my father who has been given a diagnosis of dementia, to recommend this. It is a very intriguing read, but the solution does seem to be a vegan diet. It’s a solution we are hearing a lot about know and, whilst I can totally appreciate it, it’s impossible for a northern, working class man of 72 to change his ways. That said, we are slowly introducing meat-free days and this is a very worthwhile book for anyone who wants to bring about a change in their youth and middle age that may potentially stave off dementia in later life. It’s not all impractical either; I was using mindfulness myself as a way of removing stress from the situation of caring and this book recommends mindfulness for those with dementia. I have therefore introduced dad to it and he is seeing the benefit.

Rating 3/5

Third World War Volume II by Pat Mills

The second volume of Pat Mills’ now 30+ year old yet shockingly prescient political drama. This one relocates Eve from her work with World Aid in Latin America back home to the streets of Brixton. A racist, violent and private police force is waging war on the Black British communities who have decided that enough is enough – time to fight back. Eye-opening read in the wake of the BLM movement and the unprecedented crackdowns on political protest by this increasingly fascist and corrupt Tory government.

Rating 4/5

For A Few Troubles More by Garth Ennis

Another graphic novel which, like Third World War, came from the pages of Crisis in the late 80s/early 90s. For A Few Troubles More tells the story of two Ulster Protestant lads forever getting intro trouble during the Troubles – from snake-minding to poteen, practical jokes involving laxatives and a disastrous wedding, and everything in between. It’s very laddish, very silly and very much of its time.

Rating 3/5

Number of books read in 2021 so far: 18

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