A man from the far distant future arrives in the present with a clock implanted in his brain. This cray-cray cranium allows him to be controlled and manipulated simply by tinkering with his cerebral dials and gears. Cool story, but the premise is far fetched: can you imagine being physically connected to a piece of technology that monitors and controls your behavior? On an unrelated note, the new iPhone comes out next week (take that, Steve Jobs, if you weren’t already dead!)

On a scale of things that run like clockwork ranging from German trains to a well-thought-out bank heist, this book is: an actual clock.

His favourite Coldplay song is, ironically, ‘Yellow’.