Hubert O'Hearn

Hubert O'Hearn

Hubert O'Hearn emigrated from Canada to the land of his ancestors Ireland and later to the UK at the end of 2012. He is the author of six books on everything from Human Rights to the care and psychology of Border Collies. He can be followed on Twitter @BTBReviews

Book Review: Why? What Makes Us Curious

Being curious about curiosity truly does sound like something out of Alice in Wonderland, whose lead character was observed saying 'curiouser and curiouser' about Mad Hatters, talking playing cards and the like. Although you know, if the Queen of Hearts leaps out of the desk and starts crying 'Off with...

Dunking the Biscotti: Fellatio with your morning coffee

On the whole I rather enjoyed my writing career. I phrase that in the past tense as there are only two possible outcomes after sending in this commentary: my editor at The London Economic responds with purple-faced rage at my effrontery in assuming that this publication would ever under any...

Book Review: Harvesting by Lisa Harding (novel)

Let us speak then of victimless crimes, the pretense that somehow by expunging certain acts from the criminal justice system we are in fact advancing civilization, casting aside the repressions, the myths, the lies our churches told us for centuries upon centuries that those acts were evil when of course...

Book Review: Joyride to Jupiter by Nuala O’Connor

There is a reason I love short stories as much as I do. Show me a city, I'll write you a novel; read me a short story and you sing the whole planet. Yes I know that seems counter-instinctual. After all, how can three hundred or three thousand words possibly...

Sara Pascoe and Belfast Book Festival Wrap-Up

If I might go out on a limb, there is a bit of wisdom learned through observation that I think the comedian and author Sara Pascoe and I hold in common as both truth and strategy. It is, if you want an audience to take you seriously make them laugh...

Not All Daiquiris and Doilies: A Few Words on Retirement

I have recently become quite curious about retirement. Oh not mine own, so put away the champagne. It would be an extraordinarily difficult achievement for a writer to retire. There's nowhere near enough money in it to build a nest egg, and besides that I'm not quite sure how a...

Undisclosed Darkness: Tales of Regret & Remorse

There are two things about April K. Hunter that will initially surprise you, yet both have massively contributed towards her skill and success as a writer. The first is that she has worked as a professional wrestler for nearly twenty years. All those years, all those miles, all those less...

Election 2017: The Sliding Doors Edition

Here's a Pro Tip drawn from the world of sportswriting: If you are ever called upon to write a match report – and in football that means you file within ten minutes of the final whistle unless you want to discover just how loudly an editor can scream into a...

Book Review: Room Little Darker, June Caldwell

Eventually we learn at least three things over the course of a long and frequently lively life – our wit and charm is not enhanced by copious drinking no matter what we think at the time, the pain of a loss lasts longer than the thrill of a win, and...

Book Review: The Theoretical Foot, M.F.K. Fisher

I suppose there really is a first time for everything. One starts to firmly believe that there is nothing – nothing! - new to be found between the covers of a book. After all, Aristotle nailed down the six elements of plot twenty-four hundred years ago and even the most...

Book Review: The Walworth Beauty

I don't know about you, but as for me if I never hear or read the word meta again it'll be too soon, unless of course it's someone singing 'I Met a Girl' from that fine old musical Bells Are Ringing. It is not that I have any prejudice whatsoever...

Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me

On a personal note, a stored image returns to the forefront of my thoughts as summoned by the reading of Bill Hayes' achingly beautiful memoir Insomniac City. It is a February night in 2010, a Toronto winter considering an early spring, a night four hours' distant from consideration of a...

The Greatest Political Writer Ever

He could have blown out eighty candles on a birthday cake this July 28, 2017 if he hadn't blown one bullet through his head on February 20, 2005. If the earlier event never happened the future one likely would have happened in the exact same place, in the kitchen cum...

Why Legion should be your next binge watch

Once upon a time I was a ten year old boy, one who had already developed a two-way communication with the bulky and sculpted wood furniture in the corner of the living room that contained the tubes and wires, cords and dials of the television innards. Yes, I actually did...

Better Call Saul, and the state of television today

I certainly am not the first to observe that we are watching a fresh and dazzling Golden Age of Television exploding before us like an endless display of holiday fireworks but I'm quite sure I am the first to say that I rather deeply resent it. You see, from the...

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