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BOOK REVIEWS: Talk and Disclaimer

Talk Linda Rosenkrantz NYRB Classics, £8.99 paperback Artist Chuck Close is quoted on the cover reminding us: “It is sometimes hard to remember just how radical Talk was when it was published.” That first occurred in 1968, before the ubiquity … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEWS: Hannah Rothschild and Anne Enright

Two beauties out this month! The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild; Bloomsbury; £14.99 hb, £12.99 eBook Though the artist most vital to Hannah Rothschild’s entertaining novel is Antoine Watteau, the book itself is populated with enough characters to fill … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The First Bad Man

 The First Bad Man by Miranda July is out Out 19 February from Canongate, £12.99 paperback and e-book Miranda July marches to a drummer playing an unorthox beat. In 2007, No One Belongs Here More than You, earned her a legion of enthusiastic … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Pierced Heart

The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd, available in the UK here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Pierced-Heart-Lynn-Shepherd/dp/0345545435, in the US in all good bookshops.  Thank you Twitter, and thank you Ian Rankin, for flagging up author Lynn Shepherd, whose books are fantastic good fun. She starts with a … Continue reading

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I’ve Written a Letter to Santa….

Now where I come from, you’re not even allowed to think about Christmas until the entire Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has passed by, culminating with Santa in his sleigh. I do own a calendar and I am mindful of the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: A Curious Guide To London

A Curious Guide to London By Simon Leyland Bantam Press, £9.99 hardback   Fans of oddball facts and historical peculiarities will enjoy this collection of weird and occasionally wonderful facts about London. Fittingly (there’s bound to be an answer or … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted By Rene Denfeld Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.99 hardback, £6.99 ebook Out 13 March, 2014 Never have a book’s title and its style been so perfectly matched, for The Enchanted reads like an incantation: it spun me into its … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Bark, by Lorrie Moore

NOTE: Lorrie Moore is one of my favourite contemporary writers, and has been since her debut collection, Self Help. So this is not an unbiased review, rather, it’s a reminder of why she should be on your reading list. At … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Visionist, by Rachel Urquhart

  The Visionist By Rachel Urquhart Simon & Schuster UK, £12.99 hardcover If, like author Rachel Urquhart, you knew three things about the Shakers (“They forbade sex, they made beautiful furniture, and they shook.”) then you will get an education … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: The Undertaking

Yes, another book review. I shall resume mocking myself and my upbringing shortly, have no fear!  The Undertaking By Audrey Magee Atlantic Books, £12.99 hardcover, £8.99 e-book Admirable and absorbing, The Undertaking is a debut novel that takes your hand … Continue reading

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