Books of the year 2011: Joan Bakewell

The Blue Book - A L Kennedy


The plot of The Blue Book (Jonathan Cape, £16.99) by A L Kennedy is an amazing conception, one that will make you want to turn back and start again the moment you have finished. Alongside the tale of one woman and two men on an Atlantic cruise is another story that shadows theirs. The writing is as taut and thrilling as Kennedy's prose always is and there is her usual wry laughter chuckling within it all.

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