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A legacy of spies by John Le Carre (Viking)

“What follows is a truthful account, as best as I am able to provide it, of my role in the British deception operation codenamed Windfall..  THIS sequel to the Spy Who Came in from the Cold is probably best read … Continue reading

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Vodka politics by Mark Lawrence Schrad (Oxford Uiversity Press)

“Nikita Khrushchev was an oddly disarming fellow: five foot three and nearly as wide, with a face that seemed to be made from putty”. THE big argument in this lush, brutal academic history of Russia is how vodka has fashioned … Continue reading

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The trip to Echo Springs by Olivia Laing (Canongate)

“Here’s a thing. Iowa City, 1973. Two men in a car, a Ford Falcon convertible that’s seen better days. It’s winter, the kind of cold that hurts bones and lungs, that reddens knuckles, makes noses run. If you could, by … Continue reading

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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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