Much as I’d like to read Colin Chapman: Inside the Innovator by Karl Ludvigsen, it appears to be available in hard cover only, and $40+ is beyond my budget. [Amazon]

Perhaps the publishers could follow Mr. Chapman’s lead and remove all excess weight?

The lighter paperback edition would surely leave the shelves faster.




Neal Thompson’s biography of Robert Ripley, A Curious Man, promises to be a worthwhile read.

Ripley traveled all over the world in search of oddities for his Believe It or Not cartoons and radio shows, and amassed a fortune in the process.

I enjoy reading biographies of eccentric people.

The New Musical Express was a rite of passage for anyone growing up in the UK that had an interest in popular music.

Pat Long’s The History of the NME: High Times and Low Lives at the World’s Most Famous Music Magazine gives a window in time to enable us to relive some of those moments, good and bad. [Amazon UK link]


Today’s book of the indeterminate period of time is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

A wonderful tale of how Allan Karlsson begins an(other) adventure on his 100th birthday. In a series of flashbacks we learn how our improbable hero’s meetings with most of the major world leaders in the last century have shaped history.

I find the currently popular Swedish detective fiction to be dour and depressing. In contrast, Jonasson proves that it is possible to be Swedish and to be very funny.

The publisher and I say:

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun, feel-good book for all ages.