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“A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara (2015) – taking repeated deep breaths

Be warned, this book comes with a general health warning. It is an absolutely visceral read. It tears at your heartstrings, rips at your emotions, at times plucks at your eyes like one of the vultures from ‘The Jungle Book’. … Continue reading

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Literary Trail III – books based in and on the Big Apple

Simone de Beauvoir is apparently often quoted for maintaining that “There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless“, while Groucho Marx infamously declared that “Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book – … Continue reading

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“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr (2014) – book review

“No two persons ever read the same book.” Emily St. John Mandel quoted Edmund Wilson at the recent book reading at Shakespeare and Company, in reference to her “Station Eleven” narration, and this book is perhaps the perfect example of … Continue reading

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“How To Be Both” by Ali Smith (2014) – book review

Ali Smith is a genius. She is undoubtedly a contender for ‘author of the year’. And this is quite possibly the write-up of the times (hers, not mine, goes without saying), although the jacket cover, while being very alluring, is … Continue reading

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“The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt (2013) – book review

What to say about “The Goldfinch” that hasn’t already been said before? This has got to be one of the most talked-about and hyped up launches of last year : Donna Tartt, infamous for being somewhat reclusive and producing a … Continue reading

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The Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction

These awards, unbelievably, have been on the go for almost a century and are coming up to celebrating their 100th birthday. A book lover’s paradise. And a fine excuse for another list to work through:   Winners for Fiction (2000 – … Continue reading

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