Lost Horizon by James Hilton

 Sic transit gloria mundi. James Hilton is all but forgotten now but he had a more than successful go at Hollywood (winning an Oscar) and wrote several novels, two of which – Goodbye Mr Chips (1934) and Lost Horizon (1933) – are known even by people who’ve never come close to reading them.  The latter gave us…

The A-Z Of You And Me by James Hannah

 Darkness falling. A forty-year old diabetic man lies in a hospice bed, slowly dying as his kidneys pack up their vital work. The A-Z Of You And Me is not, on the face of it, a cheery prospect. But Ivo is not just thinking about the present, which is undeniably grim although does have its moments of humour,…

The Best Loved Game by Geoffrey Moorhouse

 The only season that matters is nearly upon us, not that you need any excuse to read Geoffrey Moorhouse’s The Best Loved Game, a tour d’horizon of English cricket during 1978. It inspired Duncan Hamilton to write A Last English Summer, which did much the same job for 2009 and, although Moorhouse has less of the poet about him than Hamilton, he…