Eurovision, Australia and Lee Lin Chin
 
By Ross Welford
28 May 2015
 

Eurovision, Australia and Lee Lin Chin


I haven’t watched The Eurovision Song Contest in years.  Not, I should add, through any especial resistance, it’s just that I haven’t been in on the night, or something else has taken precedence.  And, no – it’s not “I had a library book to return” – I’m really not being snide.  I just haven’t watched it, OK? […]

Lost in translation: A Man Called Ove
 
By Ross Welford
21 May 2015
 

Lost in translation: A Man Called Ove


There’s a lot to like in Fredrik Backman’s novel about a cantankerous widower in contemporary small-town Sweden.  It’s a neat story with an unusual protagonist and it will no doubt be made into a lovely film with someone like Stellan Skarsgård in the title role. But my God, the translation! Henning Koch, who did it, […]

Learning to dance from YouTube
 
By Ross Welford
19 May 2015
 

Learning to dance from YouTube


So I figured that next time I go to Jerez I’ll have learned the Sevillanas the regional folk dance which to the untrained eye looks a bit like flamenco.  It’s the same way that the rumba and the cha-cha look similar if, like me, you’ve never done either.  Thing is, the bloke on the video above […]

I’ll never tire of Spain
 
By Ross Welford
18 May 2015
 

I’ll never tire of Spain


My friend Tom Kallene is a Swede who has lived in Spain since forever.  He told me once that the moment he set foot in Spain, he knew he would never live in Sweden again.  Like a transexual who believes he has been “born into the wrong body,” Tom was born the wrong nationality. It’s a […]

It’s all signed!
 
By Ross Welford
12 May 2015
 

It’s all signed!


There’s no going back now.  This is me and my very smart agent Silvia Molteni of Peter Fraser Dunlop as I sign The Book Deal: two books, starting with Time Travelling With A Hamster, (Harper Collins, Spring 2016)

The Shock Of the Fall
 
By Ross Welford
12 May 2015
 

The Shock Of the Fall


I loved this and read it in about three sittings.  Nathan Filer manages brilliantly to capture the voice of a schizophrenic teenager, Matthew.  (Or at least, I imagine he does, not knowing any schizophrenic teenagers myself.)  I’m still wondering, though: did Matthew kill Simon, or was it a tragic accident for which Matthew feels unnecessary […]

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