Having had a troubled upbringing, but the time he moved to New York Malcomx X was going to end up as a small-time hoodlum. He did, got caught and ended up in jail, and it was there that he ended up discovering Islam and converting. To say that this changed his life would be an understatement, as he went on to be an outspoken advocate for black rights in America. It was to cost him his life though.
This was one from the adventure travel shortlist. I had read Leon's first book as he pedalled his way across America, so was really looking forward to this as he walked from Israel through Jordan to Mount Sinai. Really good and just what a travel book should be.
The lovely Natalie at Granta sent me a copy of this re-release. Seabrook looks at the towns of the North Kent coast through the prism of the murderers, fascists and artists that once lived there. It is one of the strangest books that I have read in quite a while.
This is Philip Hoare's third book of musings on all things oceanic. The mix of subjects and genres with black and white photos make this a striking book. There is a lot to like in here too with some truly dazzling prose, but I thought it didn't quite have the focus of his other books and felt like it drifted a little too far from the shore. Still worth reading though.
The last book that I read in January was Neil Ansell's second book, Deer Island. In this, he tells us of his time spent with the homeless of London and the time spent on the beautiful island of Jura where he used the time of isolation to reset his mind. He is an excellent writer indeed, and I have just started his new book that will be out on the 8th February.