1. 'The Book of Other People' edited by Zadie Smith.

    I was talking with Frank Kelly (father jack hackett) the other day in a book shop. He was telling me that he only reads the classics these days (Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Hardy etc…). What is the point in reading contemporary work when all the best stuff has already been written. He maintains that there are too many authors these days; sure there are good writers but they are all “lacking in balls.”

     I have to disagree. This collection of contemporary short stories is one of the best reads i have ever had.