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Small Holdings

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Sharp, poignant, and frequently surreal, Small Holdings is a comedy of errors from everyday life by prize-winning author Nicola Barker “I tried to work out which was worse; feeling different but fitting in or being different but feeling in your heart like you should fit but not quite fitting. Which was worse? Stupid question.”

An attractive park outside London plays host to
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ebook, 300 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1995)
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MJ Nicholls
The Correspondents #6

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Do I really want to read about a writer (WHO IS ALWAYS THE FUCKING AUTHOR) struggling to write a novel (WHICH IS ALWAYS THE FUCKING BOOK THE AUTHOR IS WRITING) then overcoming his block through some tedious personal contrivance (ALWAYS BASED ON THE AUTHOR’S BORING LIFE) and publishing the book to nationwide acclaim (EMBARRASSING WISHFUL THINKING)? The problem with a hall of mirrors is the reflection being infinitised has to be something beautiful. The infinite recursi
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Antonomasia
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It's getting kind of difficult to review Nicola Barker because it's just her sheer Nicola Barkerness that I love. And I like her writing so much that again I find myself turning to one of her books as a breather or recovery from something else (in this case the intense inner dialogue of Confessions of a Child of the Century).
But I only know one other person - and then only on this site - who's also a fan, so I get too caught up in trying to explain why in general I like her work. In a way
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Tom
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second of Nicola Barker's books I've read after Clear, and it feels remarkably similar. Not just in the sort of recurring themes and subject matter that preoccupy any writer - though those are evident - but in the whirling comedy of errors that constitutes a plot, and in a sorta-homeless crazy person being the nominal love interest of the narrator.

It's familiar, for better and for worse. To some degree it feels a little like she's trying out ideas she'll flesh out in more detail late
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Melissa
A bizarre comedy of errors...short and strange.
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Nicola Barker is an English writer.
Nicola Barker’s eight previous novels include Darkmans (short-listed for the 2007 Man Booker and Ondaatje prizes, and winner of the Hawthornden Prize), Wide Open (winner of the 2000 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and Clear (long-listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2
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