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Treacle Walker by Alan Garner (Fourth Estate)

“Ragbone! Ragbone! Any rags! Pots for rags.” THERE is a fair amount of subtext here, which you might, or might not, need. A little Latin may help. Alan Garner’s first work was published in 1963. He has been admired and … Continue reading

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The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (One)

“We were fishermen. My brothers and I became fishermen in January of 1996 after our father moved out of Akure, a town in the west of Nigeria, where we had lived together all our lives.” LIKE the Seven Killings book … Continue reading

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The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan (Faber)

“Snow was falling past the window and in her sleep she pictured a small girl and her father in a railway carriage”. We have two modern themes here,  dimentia and computer war games in Afghanistan. They are wrapped around a … Continue reading

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Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (Jonathan Cape)

  “Turin is where the famous shroud is from, the one showing Christ’s body supine after crucifixion: hands folded over genitals, eyes closed, head crowned with thorns. The image isn’t really visible on the bare linen. It only emerged…” U … Continue reading

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