Welcome to the website for Tara Hanks, author of The Mmm Girl and Wicked Baby.
“I prefer to bask in the legend of people I’ve only heard about,” Lana Del Rey writes in a memo given out at the premiere of her short film, Tropico, in December 2013. “To me – they are as real as the people sitting in this theater.” Continue Reading »
Posted in Film, Music | Tagged Allen Ginsberg, Anthony Mandler, Bel Air, Body Electric, Charles F. Haanel, Elvis Presley, Gods and Monsters, Jesus Christ, John Wayne, Lana Del Rey, Los Angeles, Marilyn Monroe, New Thought, Paradise, Tropico, Walt Whitman | 2 Comments »
My review of Public Battles, Private Wars – a new novel by Laura Wilkinson, marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Miners’ Strike – is posted today at For Books’ Sake.
Madonna’s fourth studio album, Like a Prayer, was released on March 21, 1989. I was three months away from my 17th birthday when I bought it on vinyl from Our Price Records on Ilford High Street, and can remember the whiff of patchouli oil inside the sleeve. It’s a youthful, soulful pop masterpiece, and still one of my favourite albums of all time. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Like a Prayer, you can read my archive review (from 2009) right here.
My review of Layla, the second novel by Brighton-based author Nina De La Mer, is posted at For Books’ Sake.
You can read my review of The Right of the Subjects, Jude Starling’s new novel about the Women’s Suffrage movement, at For Books’ Sake.
Set in London and Belfast, and with a nod to Jane Eyre, Lucy Caldwell‘s All the Beggars Riding was one of my favourite novels of 2013. Ahead of the paperback release, you can read my review at For Books’ Sake.
Sex, Lies and A Very British Scapegoat was first broadcast on ITV1 on December 22nd, 2013. Presented by the composer and theatrical impresario, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, the documentary marks the end of a year’s reflection on the Profumo Affair, half a century after the first scandal erupted. Focussing on one man’s downfall, the programme also coincides with the opening of Stephen Ward: The Musical. Continue Reading »
Posted in Anniversaries, History, Politics, Profumo Affair, Television, Wicked Baby | Tagged Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Christine Keeler, Documentaries, ITV, John Profumo, Mandy Rice-Davies, Profumo Affair, Sex Lies and A Very British Scapegoat, Stephen Ward | 1 Comment »