ReadIt1st: Don’t Let the Movie Spoil the Book

ReadIt1st is a new project created by one half of the Vlogbrothers, Hank Green that urges people to read a book before they watch the movie. The project is his way of re-igniting a love for literature in Americans and the world. He thought about creating the website after discovering … Continue reading

Book Review: Charles Chaplin – My Autobiography

  Born on 16 April 1889 in south London, Charles Chaplin, from a start of humble beginnings, was later to become an extremely famous and determined actor with an extraordinary talent. I decided to read Charlie Chaplin’s autobiography after watching the 1992 film Chaplin, starring Robert Downey Jr in the … Continue reading

Book Review: Close My Eyes – Sophie McKenzie

  After just returning from holiday, where I read some amazingly good books, I was wondering what book to read next. Then in my wardrobe I found this brilliant novel by Sophie McKenzie. I hadn’t read any of her work before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Well, what … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Stephen King

On 21 September City Connect celebrates the birthday of Stephen King, the bestselling horror and science fiction author. His books have sold more than 350 million copies worldwide, many of which have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. Read his biography to find out more about … Continue reading

Book Review: NYPD RED – James Patterson

My sister Debbie recommended this book to me and now I am emphatically recommending it to everyone else. This is a fantastically, gripping thriller and it had me hooked with excitement from the start. If you like crime thrillers, then this is definitely for you. NYPD Red are an elite … Continue reading

Book Review: The Wish List – Jane Costello

Writing a “bucket list”, are these something most of us do or just a select few? Is it a good idea to write a list of “things to achieve” or are we setting ourselves up for disappointment? This novel by the best-selling author Jane Costello, centres on Emma Reiss and … Continue reading

Book Review: Eloise – Judy Finnigan

This impressive debut novel by broadcaster and journalist Judy Finnigan, is set in glorious Cornwall and is hauntingly dramatic. The opening sentence “Yesterday I almost saw her”, was reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel “Rebecca”, in which du Maurier began her novel with “Last night I dreamt I went … Continue reading

Book Review: Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

After rising quite high in the book chart, I thought great, another fantastic book for me to read and a thriller as well, one of my favourite genres. However personally speaking I did find this book, for the majority of the time, painfully slow and boring. I was half way … Continue reading

Book Review: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

This week, Sebastian Müller talks about the famous book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” exclusively on City Connect. “We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a … Continue reading

The Erotica Phenomenon for Modern Girls

Erotica is no longer confined to the pages of Mills and Boon, read in private typically by housewives and elderly ladies who live alone. With the arrival of the internet this once hidden past time has now found a way to reach the wider community with readers being able to … Continue reading

Where Do You Stand on the Baseline?

In his 2009 book The Vision Revolution, Mark Changizi explains how human colour perception evolved to allow us to see the subtle changes in skin tone that correlate with changes in blood flow and blood oxygenation. Why would we want to do this? Because changes in skin tones indicate emotions … Continue reading

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker

I had heard a lot about this book, so I thought I would see what all the fuss was about. This book definitely didn’t disappoint. It was interesting, informative and thought provoking from the start. The story is told through the eyes of an eleven year old girl called Julia, … Continue reading

Tigger on the Couch

London Life Coach & Relationship Expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams reviews “Tigger on the Couch”, a book that looks at mental health problems and personality disorders using fairy tales and children’s stories. Follow Sloan on Twitter @SloanSW_London and check out Sloan’s website When I was first introduced to this book I … Continue reading

I Read “Mummy Porn” Before It Was Cool

My first foray in the world of adult literature was at the young age of ten or eleven when my mother gave me a huge stack of Mills & Boons novels to read. At the time my reading and spelling abilities were below the average for my age and my … Continue reading

Winter Wordfest: 50 Years of Private Eye

Charming, educating and amusing its audience with a diverse and colourful program, Winter Wordfest descended upon the ADC theatre on Sunday 27th November in a celebration of Literature. New and established writers covered a whole range of exciting genres in one day, these included; Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair … Continue reading