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27 September 2004
Susanna Clarke's first novel has been bruited abroad for more than a year since it was bought by Bloomsbury. Reputedly...
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19 July 2004
Novels about British or American women finding love in the Tuscan hills can seem like a cliche. Henry James wrote one,...
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21 June 2004
A man is digging a grave at midnight. His shirt is stained with blood, and what he is burying alive is a newborn baby....
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15 March 2004
The narrator of one of Julian Barnes's new short stories tells us that: "Among the Chinese the lemon is the symbol of...
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13 October 2003
A 12-year-old child is found, naked and with the scar from an attempt to cut his throat, living wild in the savage...
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29 September 2003
To turn the death of a child into the subject of a novel takes courage, at least for a literary novelist. The abduction...
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11 August 2003
Every so often, an author appears (such as J K Rowling or Philip Pullman) who makes you believe in the power of talent...
21 July 2003
This Sunday I am going on BBC4's The Big Read to defend Lord of the Rings against the assaults of John Walsh, the man...
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07 July 2003
Bliss it is in this dawn to be alive - that is, provided you haven't been up until 1am getting a book the size of a dog...
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30 June 2003
Barbara Gowdy's speciality is dysfunctional families. That might not sound too promising, given that unhappy families,...
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12 May 2003
Few who read Chocolat, Joanne Harris's best-known novel, can be under any illusions about what she thinks of the...
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05 May 2003
The characteristic of a Rose Tremain novel is obsession. Sometimes, as in The Way I Found Her and The Swimming Pool...
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20 January 2003
A primary characteristic of bereavement is anger towards the person who has died. If they loved you how dare they make...
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02 December 2002
Of all novels, Great Expectations strikes me as the greatest, partly because it changes so much as you reread it. You...
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15 April 2002
Kate Jennings's second novel, about a poor, smart woman with high ideals who goes to work for a Wall Street investment...

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