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John Gray’s New Year’s resolution

Oddly enough (for a reviewer), my chief resolution is to read more. I'd love to find the time to reread Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End – possibly the greatest 20th-century novel in English, I've come to think – along with Conrad's short stories, Hardy's verse and the incomparable Wallace Stevens. Not to speak of Ivan Bunin . . . If life is short, the number of books I'd like to read again is surprisingly long – and apparently increasing.

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John Gray is a New Statesman contributing writer. His most recent book is Feline Philosophy: Cats and the Meaning of Life (Allen Lane)