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Apologetic Mode

  I know, I know, where have I been? Off trying to earn money, trying to unscramble my head, and reading a lot of books that I’m either reviewing for an unnameable client (and most of which are horrific) or … Continue reading

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Hasty Book Reviews

Life, eh? Got a little busy here, so I’m going to keep this short and bookish, until I corral all my more personal thoughts into coherent little essays. Does your heart soar when you hear there’s a new Agatha Christie … Continue reading

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End of Year Reading Roundup

As ever, my reading year was partly devoted to pleasure, partly work-related — though the two often overlapped. Below is my annual round up of what I most loved in 2016, and since I posted last year’s list on 28th November, … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: MOTHERING SUNDAY

  Mothering Sunday: A Romance By Graham Swift Out 25th February from Scribner (S&S); £12.99 hardback Graham Swift signals his intentions with a playful epigraph: “You shall go to the ball!” Then he begins, “Once upon a time,” but immediately undercuts the … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Elizabeth Strout

  My Name is Lucy Barton By Elizabeth Strout Viking, 4 February, £12.99 hardback (ebook available) “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Or to put it more colloquially: swings and roundabouts. Last year saw the publication … Continue reading

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BOOKS OF THE YEAR

In which I urge you to read some of the books I’ve most enjoyed this past twelve months. Continue reading

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No Wonder I’m in a Daze Most of the Time

Everyone knows I read a lot. And I read professionally. You probably also know that since the summer of 1983, I’ve been writing down the title of every book I begin in my diary, prompted by a colleague’s saying: “Even … Continue reading

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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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Shelve this Idea

Lying in bed, looking through the frame of a doorway, I see a section of the long hallway linking the four rooms of my Edinburgh flat. More precisely, what I see are bookshelves — they line the entire wall, floor to ceiling, … 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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