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The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters
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My Policeman by Bethan Roberts
My Policeman
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Notwithstanding the shocking title, I really enjoyed this. A great story with the added advantage of being largely set around the corner from where I now live, which I liked.
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In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge
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Struggled my way through this, picking it up and putting it down a lot when what one really should do is read it intensively given how the story jumps back and forth decades at a time. Nonetheless an interesting book and certainly one that I'd recomm ...more
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
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A book that had been on my to read list since it was nominated by Tom Sutton for the now long defunct Routledge book group that used to meet at the Lamb & Flag pub in Oxford.

Thankfully, I can now put this dense, slow-paced and meandering read to
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Skios by Michael Frayn
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How exactly did this get longlisted for the Booker?

An utterly preposterous sequence of events unfolds in a predictably 'hilarious' way - which seems more suited to the stage than the novel - and boobs are mentioned quite a lot. Not much to say, other
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Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott
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Weird pamphlet-like telling off from a scientist whose central argument - that we're on the road to ruin if the population carries on growing at the current rate - is clear enough but which doesn't offer enough in the way of solutions.

Of course, it's
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Italian Ways by Tim Parks
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Hardly a comprehensive account (I suspect that the publisher was pretty strict when it came to the word count) but I couldn't help from being taken in again by Tim Parks' ability to tell a story and provide insight into Italian culture through the mi ...more
Hops and Glory by Pete Brown
"Before refrigeration it was impossible to brew beer in India, which was a serious issue for the early ex-pats. Beer could be shipped out but it took a long time (9 months via the Cape) and was frequently spolit by the time it arrived. Brewers real..." Read more of this review »
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A Death in the Family by Karl Ove Knausgård
"It turns out that being a teenager in provincial Norway in the mid 1980s wasn’t much different from the UK experience. Really excellent novel that dissects the minutiae of everyday life. It’s compelling, but often it’s difficult to explain quite w..." Read more of this review »
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