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26 March 2007
Tahmima Anam's debut novel unfolds against the backdrop of Bangladesh's war of independence. As a young widow...
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12 March 2007
A cinematic comparison seems apt for Jane Smiley’s gentle satire of Hollywood mores. Although it is loosely based on...
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23 October 2006
Judith Summers's engrossing new book explores the life of the renowned seducer Giacomo Casanova by shedding light on...
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15 October 2006
There's a grimy quality to Laura Hird's second volume of short stories. And yet, while her writing revels in the...
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21 August 2006
Joyce and Marshall are getting divorced. With neither of them willing to vacate their cramped New York apartment, their...
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21 August 2006
Captain Rees Howell Gronow knew a thing or two about duelling. And gambling. And the right cut of trouser to wear...
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24 July 2006
Sisters are often close, but no others can be quite as close as Rose and Ruby Darlen. They are conjoined twins, fused...
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24 July 2006
Detective fiction has produced its fair share of idiosyncratic heroes, but Yashim, the enigmatic protagonist of Jason...
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12 June 2006
Set on Africa's Gold Coast during the 1930s and 1940s, Marilyn Heward Mills's Cloth Girl depicts a world where colonial...
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12 June 2006
The eponymous retail complex in Will Ashon's first novel is not just any shopping centre. It's an underground consumer...
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15 August 2005
In John Irving's A Widow For One Year, Ruth Cole, a writer, is asked by a fan: "Why do you repeat yourself?" Ruth...
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27 June 2005
The title of Joyce Carol Oates's new novella is as simple and shocking as the story itself, which concentrates...
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23 May 2005
Anthologies of fiction are invariably hit-and-miss affairs - even those with worthy and intriguing themes. So it is...
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25 April 2005
The East End of London, and Brick Lane in particular, has proved fertile ground for novelists over the past couple of...
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04 April 2005
It would be an oversimplification, but not completely inaccurate, to describe Cynthia Ozick's new novel as Jane Eyre...

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