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James Meek: The People’s Act Of Love

It was the intention of James Meek that his third novel, The People’s Act of Love, should be written in the manner of the great Russian novels. While I have little to no experience in this branch of literature there… continue reading »

Maria Dzielska: Hypatia Of Alexandria

For those who have never heard of Hypatia the back of this book gives you a quick summary of the woman: Hypatia – brilliant mathematician, eloquent Neoplatonist, and a woman renowned for her beauty – was brutally murdered by a… continue reading »

Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner

I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a frigid overcast day in the winter of 1975. I remember the precise moment, crouching behind a crumbling mud wall, peeking into the alley near the frozen creek.… continue reading »

Guillermo Arriaga: A Sweet Scent Of Death

A Sweet Scent Of Death is the second novel by Mexican author and screenplay writer, Guillermo Arriaga, although you probably sort-of know him better as the guy who wrote Amores Perros and 21 Grams. It’s one of those novels that… continue reading »

Michel Faber: The Courage Consort

Michel Faber’s The Courage Consort is one of those books where you wish it were longer or part of a collection. A novella of 150 pages it follows the story of a group of singers sent to Belgium for two… continue reading »

China Miéville: Perdido Street Station

I’m not one for fantasy, the thought of the genre immediately brings to mind hordes of orcs, objects with magical properties, and characters who are either good or evil with no middle ground; of course, for this, Tolkien has to… continue reading »

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World

Reading Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World was inspired by realising that I hadn’t read any of a recent list stating the top twenty geek novels. Given that my impressions of geek literature amount to either hardcore science fiction or adventures… continue reading »

Alan Hollinghurst: The Line Of Beauty

Alan Hollinghurst’s fourth novel, The Line of Beauty, follows the story of Nick Guest, a lodger of the wealthy Fedden family, through the landslide years of the Conservative government in the 1980s. A bildungsroman, split into three sections, it observes… continue reading »

Paulo Coelho: The Alchemist

The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, is billed as a modern classic, yet I find it difficult to discern why. It has the feel of a fable; from a time as hazy as the desert in which it is set, and… continue reading »

Uzodinma Iweala: Beasts Of No Nation

Trying out a debutante author can be a huge step into the unknown but, with praise from Rushdie, Ghosh, and a number of British broadsheets adorning the cover, it’s a step I decided to take with Beasts Of No Nation… continue reading »

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