In addition to being a crime fiction fan I am a bit of a politics junkie. Because I despair of the coverage the subject gets in the mainstream media (you would not believe the amount of column inches devoted to our new lady Prime Minister’s hair) (in case you don’t know, not only is she a woman and therefore defined by her appearance but her partner is a hairdresser) (they can’t decide what to write more about: the wonderfulness of having a hairdresser on tap or the fact our fearless leader lives in unmarried, mortal & childless sin with a person of the opposite gender) I decided to fork out for a paid subscription to an online independent news source called Crikey*. I’ve read their free stuff for a while but decided I really should put my money where my mouth is.
In yet more evidence that doing the right thing is good for you this action has had an unexpectedly pleasant impact on my crime fiction addiction too. I have just received my subscriber’s gift pack which included…
Season 1 of Danish crime show The Killing on DVD. I never saw it when it aired here but I have previously devoured Wallander (the Swedish version), Spiral (from France) and Unit One (also Danish) so I have every expectation that this will provide me with an entertaining diversion when the need arises (sadly no Lars Brygmann but you rarely get everything you want in life)
The package also included Christopher Hitchens’ new memoir Hitch 22 which I shan’t be reading because I find him an insufferable bore but a colleague at work was very keen to read it and I was very pleased to provide him a shiny new copy all of his very own. Everyone wins.
*yes I do realise that is a stupidly long sentence with too many parentheses, it’s that kind of day