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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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How’s the pain? by Pascal Garnier (Gallic)

“The sound coming from somewhere in the darkness was barekly audible, but it was enough…   I AM unsure about the title, douleur can be translated as pain, but it also implies grief, soreness, aching, distress and misery as in … Continue reading

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21 lessons for the 21st century by Yuval Noah Harari (Jonathan Cape)

“In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power” YUVAL – after three books I feel we are on first person terms – has a political yardstick of communism, liberalism and fascism, which is fair enough, although as he … Continue reading

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Colour by Victoria Finlay (Random)

“I had thought, when I set out on my travels – when I first tumbled through that paintbox – that I would somehow find, in the original stories of colours, something pure.” THE many journeys Finlay undertakes in search of … Continue reading

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The gallows pole by Benjamin Myers (Bluemoose)

“Soot and ash. Snot and spume. Quag and sump and clotted moss. Loam.” THE opening playful poetry should not distract you… we are off to a flying start, it is 1767, we are on a secret errand, we pass the … Continue reading

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Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber)

“Marianne amswers the door when Connell rings the bell.” BY coincidence I heard a radio broadcast where a well known doctor admitted to flunking out of Oxford because of an unhappy love affair and where the plot details do not … Continue reading

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The shepherd’s hut by Tim Winton (Picador)

“When I hit the bitumen and get that smooth grey rumble going under me everything’s hell different” THERE is a sticker on my edition proclaiming that this has been a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, which is a bit … Continue reading

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