“In space, no one can hear you scream … like a little girl.” Yup, the Martian is so upbeat, it makes Ghostbusters look like The Exorcist.
People are more likely to take risks when they feel sexy – this may be news to no-one, but research by economic behaviourist Dan Ariely shows just why ‘sex sells’.
If happiness correlates to girth, then either Derren Brown or his readers are likely to be made joyous by ‘Happy’, which is a sizeable tome.
When there’s grim news to give, delivering it like Isherwood’s portrait of 1930’s Berlin would be no bad thing.
James Sallis’ Drive is hard-boiled noir meets literary fiction. Like the tagline on my movie tie-in edition – “Get in. Get out. Get Away.” – this is a lean and intriguing read.