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11 August 2003
Peter Ackroyd's new novel deals with dark actors playing games in medieval London. A group of heretics called the "...
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21 July 2003
A not very successful cancer researcher, having just been sacked from his job, dumped by his girlfriend, told by his ex...
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09 June 2003
Cockroft is an ageing gay musician, a former "bandleader and bon viveur" who wrote some hit TV themes long ago but...
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19 May 2003
The basic plot of Margaret Atwood's dystopian blockbuster - a leading biochemist is secretly an eco-warrior with a...
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24 March 2003
After a brief wartime prologue whose significance we are left to guess for a while, Andrew O'Hagan begins his story on...
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17 February 2003
George Webb, a private detective based in Wimbledon, west London, tells us how he spends the day of Thursday 20...
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10 February 2003
Most of us have probably felt a little wrong-footed when someone gives us an expensive and well-chosen present, but for...
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13 January 2003
Strictly speaking, we don't need this American import, because we already have David Storey's As It Happened, which...
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04 November 2002
Not so much a novel as an essay in the guise of an anecdote, Ignorance discusses ideas about exile and tells the story...
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07 October 2002
Henry Wotton (pronounced Wootton) is a Chelsea toff, "a rare combination of gung-ho drugging . . . and comme il faut...
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09 September 2002
The Crow Road, probably Iain Banks's best-known novel, ends with an informal christening party on top of a high...
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15 July 2002
Adam Phillips's previous book, Houdini's Box, found a fairly general readership, but this collection of...
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24 June 2002
''Fragrant harbour" is the literal translation of the name Hong Kong. Tom Stewart, the principal narrator of John...
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15 April 2002
Dennis Hatchett and Alec Lycett are old schoolfriends who have become teachers at their former school, a grammar in "...
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01 April 2002
The blurb is slightly misleading. "In the spring of 1839, the forces of the British empire, the greatest army the world...

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