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One (Wo)man Booker failure

Hm, can one call it a failure if I never actually stated that I would read the entirety of the longlist before the prize was awarded? To be fair, that hasn’t be done yet and only the shortlist is being announced today… Suffice to say, though, I have only read four of this year’s Man [...]

In A Strange Room by Damon Galgut

Damon Galgut was a writer I had not encountered before  In a Strange Room was longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize.  He has been previously shortlisted and the blurb on the front of this book alludes to him being “a kindred spirit of the great Coetzee”; as a recent yet ardent fan of Coetzee, [...]

Room by Emma Donoghue

You may have noticed that Room by Emma Donoghue is a novel that is receiving a lot of attention across the blogosphere.  Longlisted for this year’s Man Booker prize, there has been an ever-increasing organic buzz surrounding the novel, that is exciting, deserved and nothing like a droning vuvuzela.  Picador in the UK have been [...]

The Return

Hello, all.  I have officially returned from a holiday at home; I was back in London at the tail-end of last week but we enjoyed a few more days off de-compressing from our time away.  Glasgow was … temperamental weather-wise; one day I was driving along a flooded street in torrential rain, water up to [...]

Recent Acquisitions

A few books have dropped through the letter-box of Paperback Reader abode over the last week and, at the time of going to press, I have read one of them with a review forthcoming. I spotted Plan for Chaos by John Wyndham in a bookshop recently and was instantly intrigued as it was a title [...]

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