Davina Langdale

Sly Fun Abroad

Pretty Girl in Crimson Rose


Atlantic Books 173pp £12.99 order from our bookshop

There is no need to be a crossword enthusiast to enjoy this quick-witted book. The cryptic crossword, chat peculiarly British pastime, provides the framework for Sandy Balfour’s recollections of a life spent in restless travel. Balfour hitchhiked to London from South Africa in 1983. He has yet to return. In self-imposed exile whilst seeking the place where he belonged, he also embarked nature of identity.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • Something of an 'eccentric billionaire’s hobby': reviews 'The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and… ,
    • "At the age of fifteen, drunk on stolen Chardonnay or stoned on pot at a swimming party, the thoughts that come imm… ,
    • For the latest Bookends, here's Alan Taylor musing on his stint as an assistant librarian. ,
    • A ‘pretentious ass and impotent arriviste’ who surrounded himself with ‘degenerates, hooligans, childish layabouts,… ,
    • . reviews 'Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life' by ,
    • "As Beevor shows, it was one of the most daring, dangerous and fiercely fought operations of the whole war. It was… ,
    • "The characters are very rich and very male, with astronomical ambitions. The potted biographies in this book sugge… ,