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If Henry James was writing about 1970s West Germany: ‘The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum,’ by Heinrich Böll (1974)

This book is an example that power does not come from length.  At under 150 pages ‘The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum’ may look harmless, but it proves how much explosive force can be generated when a story is told with such virtuosic … Continue reading

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Boys will be Boys: ‘Spies’, by Michael Frayn (2002)

‘Spies’ opens with the narrator moving back to his childhood to uncover/recover a momentous experience from his past.  This is symbolised by a privet hedge, the smell of which works like Proust’s madeline to conjure up the past.  The reason … Continue reading

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‘The Lowland’, by Jhumpa Lahiri (2013)

Not to sound like I’m obsessed with prizes at the moment, but when I first saw the 2013 Booker longlist, I recall mentally noting down ‘The Lowland’ as a book to read.  Two years later and I’ve finally done it. … Continue reading

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Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

I loved ‘Lila’, but more than anything, it left me with the urge to re-read the book that first introduced me to Robinson’s unique and powerful narrative voice.  I’ve now read all three books in this series (‘Gilead’, ‘Home’ and … Continue reading

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Lila, by Marilynne Robinson (2014)

In order to get in before the short-list is announced on Tuesday, I’d like to proclaim that I have review ready for one entry on the Man Booker long list! There really is no one like Marilynne Robinson.  I’ll admit, I don’t read … Continue reading

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When horror-comedy works: ‘Cat Out of Hell’, by Lynne Truss (2014)

I know of Lynne Truss from her wonderful non-fiction writing guide ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’.  The fact that this made me determined to get my hands on her new novel says much more about Truss’s writing than about my innate interest … Continue reading

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Outline, by Rachel Cusk (2015)

Continuing with my Bailey’s reading, my review of ‘Outline’ by Rachel Cusk is now online at the new edition of Shiny New Books. I’m not going to repeat the review here, only say that I really really enjoyed it.  I did recently … Continue reading

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Ali Smith, ‘How to be Both’ (2014)

It’s hard to think of a book that’s garnered more critical acclaim than Ali Smith’s ‘How to be Both’.  I think it says a lot about my admiration for Smith that it never actually occurred to me that her novel might not … Continue reading

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Under the Skin, by Michel Faber (2000)

This has been made into a massively acclaimed film, but I haven’t seen it yet (and I understand it’s pretty different from the book) so this blog is just going to be about the novel. I read this book with … Continue reading

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The Vegetarian, by Han Kang (2015)

I want to start this blog by thanking all of the bookshops that displayed ‘The Vegetarian’ so prominently on their shelves.  I’m fairly certain this is why I picked it up, and so I can credit them for introducing me to one … Continue reading

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