The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes’ latest novel and the book that (finally) this week won him the Man Booker Prize, is a thin book impregnated with fat ideas. At 150 pages, Barnes’ book only barely dodges the description ‘novella’, a designation that nowadays carries connotations of being somehow ‘lightweight’. If not with its […]
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Virtually You: The Dangerous Powers of the E-personality

Susie Wild

PUBLISHED ON: 12/10/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

The internet has been in popular use in the UK for 20 years. Now that is has, essentially, come of age, a string of books has been released examining …

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Love Child

Whytney Pugh

PUBLISHED ON: 09/09/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

There has never been a more apt time than now to read Herbert Williams’ most recent novel Love Child. With our own media overflowing with stories of t …

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Coming of Age For All Ages, Teenage Fiction Recommendations

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 03/09/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

My son turned fourteen last month. Despite nights lost to computer games, he does still read. Christopher Paolini published Eragon aged 19. Inheritanc …

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Goodness Gracious Me: Wake up to Wales, Radio Four!

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 02/09/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

Following his recent Daily Mail piece slamming Bred of Heaven, reviewer Roger Lewis is a dead cert for the Tacsi gong, a Kingsley Amis-sponsored prize …

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The Empty Family and Touchy Subjects

Sophie Long

PUBLISHED ON: 19/08/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

On paper, Colm Toibin and Emma Donoghue are writers working very much in the same style. Both were born and educated in Ireland, both have lived and w …

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The Tiger’s Wife

Eluned Gramich

PUBLISHED ON: 11/08/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

As I went to Waterstone’s to ask for a copy of the 2011 Orange Prize Winner, the shop assistant rather anxiously informed me that they only had three …

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Psychogeography: Latest Novels and Nonfiction by Iain Sinclair, Jim Perrin, Tristan Hughes and Richard Collins

Gwen Davies

PUBLISHED ON: 08/08/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

Guy Debord’s label, eschewing urban exclusivity, is ‘the study of the… specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organised or no …

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The Captain’s Tower, Seventy Poets Celebrate Bob Dylan at Seventy

Barrie Llewelyn

PUBLISHED ON: 06/08/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

I jumped at the chance to review The Captain’s Tower: Seventy Poets Celebrate Bob Dylan at Seventy (edited by Phil Bowen, Damian Furniss and David Woo …

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A Visit from the Goon Squad

Charlotte Penny

PUBLISHED ON: 23/07/11

CATEGORY: Reviews

Much has been made of the structure that author Jennifer Egan employs in her Pulitzer- Prizewinning and Orange-nominated novel A Visit from the Goon S …

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