reading travel writing again after going through ‘One of us’ about Anders Brevik, the guy who killed so many young people in Norway. It was tough reading and the part on Uttoya island where he does the killing is really grim. So, had to get into something positive after that and picked up ‘One hot summer in St Petersburg’ by Duncan Fallowell and it was stellar. The man can write like no other. His range of vocabulary, ability to describe is like nothing I have read in many years. I was just bowled over amd the gentle, unassuming but at the same time subversive, anarchic, questioning tone of the book was stupendous. Even the first two pages where he describes he plane landing and equates it to a change of consciousness is stunning and sets you nicely up for what is to follow. You live through the pages with him.

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