Last year’s completed books file is now here. (Films seen list is here, including the 25 films I watched in December).

New year’s books and films, for January and the first few days of February.

I might expand a few of those reviews in time. (Even I don’t think the three word review for Under the Volcano quite manages to encapsulate the book). I’ll probably write a proper post on Dylan Thomas; perhaps Lowry too. A lot of films I’ve failed to sit through towards the end of the month, including Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War (a director who was once a favourite of mine, making a by-the-numbers war film with a token American anti-hero) and Paul Thomas Anderson’s much praised There Will Be Blood (a director I’ve never really admired, delivering a film that never seems to go anywhere).