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The 7th function of language by Laurent Binet (Harvill Secker)

“Life is not a novel. Or at least you would like to believe so.” How good is this tornado of a novel?  The plot is wildly ambitious, an intellectual version of the da Vinci Code, and mixing real-life characters with … Continue reading

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Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Harper Collins)

“There was going to be a funeral.”   This is two books lashed together as one. The first is a detective story. We are gently introduced in a slow, west country way, to the cast of villagers. The net curtains … Continue reading

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Bad business by Robert B Parker (No Exit Press)

‘Do you do divorce work’ the woman said. ‘I do,’ I said. ‘Are you any good?’ ‘I am,’ I said.   THE late Robert Brown Parker wrote more than 40 Spenser detective novels plus another nine around the character Jessie … Continue reading

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My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout (Penguin)

“There was a time, and it was many years ago now, when I had to stay in hospital for almost nine weeks” THE thing about writing solely on a macro level is that there is no horizon over which the sun … Continue reading

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The vanishing futurist by Charlotte Hobson (Faber)

“In May 1914, much against the advice of my parents, I took up the post of governess to the Robelev family of No 7 Gagarinsky Lane, Moscow” THERE is an endearing description on page two of this provocative, colourful entertaining, … Continue reading

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The Third Plate by Dan Barber (Abacus)

“A corn cob, dried and slightly shriveled, arrived in the mail not long after we opened Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Along with the cob was a check for $1,000” THE best place to read this book would be on … Continue reading

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Outline by Rachel Cusk (Vintage)

“Before the flight I was invited for lunch at a London club with a billionaire I’d been promised had liberal credentials.” I GOT my copy of this book second hand. Various passages were marked up as if the previous reader … Continue reading

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