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Books of the year 2017

THE criteria are simply that I have read and reviewed these books in the last year. You might like a head’s up list for your Christmas stocking. There are some powerful contenders, although flicking through the bestseller lists of W.H. … Continue reading

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Books of the year 2016

MOST of the titles here for obvious reasons could make a claim to an end of year list. A few stand out as being perhaps more essential than others, not all were released this year but I only recently discovered … Continue reading

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The 100 best novels in English by Robert McCrum (Galileo)

“The first classic of English literature I remember reading is Animal Farm. I must have been about 11 years old.” THE very first novel, Robert McCrum argues, was a protest by a puritan dissenter written from inside prison, Pilgrim’s Progress, … Continue reading

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David Bowie’s 100 best reads

The late David Bowie was an enthusiastic reader. In 2013, he posted  his 100 favorite reads on his Facebook page. Here it is: Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse Room At The Top by … Continue reading

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Books of the year 2015

THERE were some real stand out books this year, albeit none of them seemed to make a dent on the usual literary prizes. I especially recommend for Christmas stockings and for getting the new year off to a fine start: … Continue reading

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