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George Harrison Living In The Material World

IN November 2001, George Harrison, The Beatles lead guitarist, died of cancer aged 58.

Now 10 years after his death, this book by his wife Olivia and a tie-in documentary by American director, Martin Scorsese, celebrate his life.

Lavishly illustrated, using Harrison’s personal photos, letters and memorabilia, the book traces his boyhood years in Liverpool, the birth and end of The Beatles, his career as an independent musician and film producer and his love of his family, Indian music, Formula One and gardening.

There are school photos and doodles of guitars from Harrison’s text books, photos he took in Hamburg aged 17 and snaps of The Beatles on world tours, as well as a witty postcard from John Lennon and letters and notes from 1971 when he was organising the Concert For Bangladesh with Ravi Shankar.

This is a beautifully edited book that gives the reader a unique and intimate look into Harrison’s life.

Little Star

John Ajvide, Lindqvist Quercus, £12.99: Kindle, £6.18

Review: James Fry

AFTER the clear success of his previous works Let The Right One In, Harbour and Handling The Undead, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s 2010 Swedish horror Little Star is translated for an eager English audience.

With his previous books drenched in supernatural phenomena, Little Star stands out as a book with incredibly potent emphasis on the potential horror within us all.

In a modern setting of reality TV and transient celebrity, a former pop star inexplicably finds a baby girl partially buried in a plastic bag in the woods.

Giving her the kiss of life, she reacts with a cry which forms a perfect musical note. Drawn to the unusually talented child, he takes her home. This proves to be a fateful decision, one which has horrific consequences.

An incisive treatment of contemporary media culture and social conventions, Little Star eschews a paranormal horror in favour of the darkness inherent in the human psyche.

The Betrayal Of Trust

Susan Hill, Chatto & Windus, £14.99; Kindle, £7.19

Review: Nilima Dey Sarker CRIME connoisseur, Simon Serrailler, is back on the bookshelves in mystery writer, Susan Hill’s, sixth instalment. The idyllic cathedral city of Lafferton is left shaken after a severe storm and flash floods unearth two skeletons.

The findings lead Detective Chief Superintendent Serrailler to missing teenager, Harriet Lowther, and a cold case suddenly springs back to life. Simon Serrailler, who first appeared in The Various Haunts Of Men in 2004, is driven by sole determination to solve a murder committed 16 years ago despite department cutbacks.

Hill weaves in a complicated romantic subplot and dedicates several pages on complexities involving assisted suicide which seemingly have no bearing on the main investigation. But, despite questions being left unanswered, readers will be eagerly awaiting book seven to tie up the loose ends.

Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life

Michael Moore, Allen Lane, £20; Kindle, £9.99

Review: Ben Major

Here Comes Trouble is a collection of short stories by Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning film-maker behind Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.

He isn’t fond of the term autobiography, so he presents each slice of his life like a piece of fiction, with a well-defined plot and moral. From the time he was a lost 11-year-old boy and bumped into Bobby Kennedy, to his mother’s death and stories told by his grandmother about the founding of Elba in Michigan in the early 19th century, the book navigates through his formative years, offering a candid glimpse into what made the renowned film-maker who he is today.

A pleasingly enjoyable read, the stories lure the reader in with Moore’s acute social observations and wit, and even though some of the flashbacks verge on egocentricity, it can be forgiven because they are so fascinating and humorous.

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