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Rupert Smith was born in Washington DC in 1960, and grew up in Surrey. He has lived in London since 1978. After graduating with a BA in English, he continued his studies at the University of London and in 1986 completed his PhD in theatre history. He is the author of many novels, under his own name and as James Lear and Rupert James. As a journalist, he has contributed to The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The Times, The Los Angeles Times, Radio Times, Time Out, Gay Times and probably some other publications with the word "time" in the title.

His latest book GRIM is his first foray into horror.


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Fly on the Wall
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The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
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First time I've read anything by Elizabeth von Arnim, and I was absolutely bowled over. Don't be put off by the whimsical title: this is a profound and beautiful-written story about the redemptive power of love and nature, it's funny and clever and p ...more
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Without doubt this book has the greatest opening paragraph in the English language, culminating in ‘intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us’. I always thought ...more
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My Ántonia by Willa Cather
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A few years ago I was on holiday in New England, browsing second-hand bookshops and asking my friend and host for examples of classic American literature. My Antonia was mentioned – a book that’s taught in schools in the US, but is hardly known at al ...more
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Nana by Émile Zola
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There are many masterpieces in Les Rougon-Macquart, particularly L’Assommoir and Au Bonheur des Dames, but Nana will always be close to my heart. It’s the first Zola I ever read, in my teens, in translation, and it’s the first one I read in French ye ...more
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The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie
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I love The Body in the Library because a) it was the first Christie I read and loved, b) it features Miss Marple who is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time and c) well, how could I resist a murder mystery set in a library? The pleasu ...more
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The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
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Comic novels feature prominently in my life, on the basis that there’s enough pain and misery in life without having to read about it all the time. Whenever someone offers me the latest heart-rending, soul-shattering tale of loss and grief I usually ...more
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Augustus Carp, Esq. By Himself Being The Autobiography Of A R... by Henry H. Bashford
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An obscure gem if ever there was one. I first came across Augustus Carp in the late 70s when Kenneth Williams read it on the radio – wonder if there’s a recording of that anywhere? Finally I tracked it down in a second-hand bookshop, and I’ve probabl ...more
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