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Van Gogh and Britain (Tate)

“I’m gradually beginning to turn into a true cosmopolitan, meaning not a Dutchman, Englishman or Frenchman, but simoply a man” Vincent Van Gogh February 9, 1874. This  book goes with the brilliant exhibition at the Tate Britain but sometimes a … Continue reading

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Spring by Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)

“Now what we don’t want is Facts” THE first two of this potential quartet – Autumn and Winter –  were pleasant if not totally convincing as the contemporary novel of weight and import. This on the other hand opens with … Continue reading

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The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (Gallic)

“Marx has completely changed the way I view the world,” declared the Pallieres boy this morning, although ordinarily he says nary a word to me.” PERHAPS it is just my personal taste, but it seems as if a new form … Continue reading

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Talking to my daughter, a brief history of capitalism by Yanis Varoufakis (Vintage)

“All babies are born naked, but soon some are dressed in expensive clothes bought at the best boutiques while the majority wear rags” THE very best way to write a book is to sit down on an idyllic Greek island … Continue reading

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The Order of the Day by Eric Vuillard (Picador)

“The sun is a cold star. Its heart, spines of ice. Its light unforgiving.” FROM this simple, fairy tale short opening, you may deduce that things we know are not all they seem. Let us open up the catastrophe that … Continue reading

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Milkman by Anna Burns (Faber)

“The day Somebody McSomebody put a gun to my breast and called me a cat and threatened to shoot me was the same day the milkman died.” THE prose is wonderfully joyful and rambling. The Guardian refers to this winner … Continue reading

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The vegetarian option by Simon Hopkinson (Quadrille)

“One evening in the late summer of 2007, and probably a Sunday, I found myself rummaging around in the salad drawer of my fridge.” I AM alarmed to see the historian Simon Schama pronouncing on the new reprint of MFK … Continue reading

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