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BOOKENDS: Jump! by Jilly Cooper

29 September 2010

Never eat at restaurants where they picture the food on the menu. Steer clear of books which explain the characters in a glossary. If you have to give your customers an idea in… Read more

Troubled waters

29 September 2010
Heartstone C.J. Sansom

Mantle, pp.633, 18.99

This is the fifth in C. J. Sansom’s engrossing series of Tudor crime novels. This is the fifth in C. J. Sansom’s engrossing series of Tudor crime novels. His hero… Read more

Frustrating but enjoyable

7 July 2010
Heartbreak Craig Raine

Atlantic Books, pp.228, 12.99

If we didn’t already know that Milan Kundera is one of Craig Raine’s literary heroes, then it wouldn’t be too hard to work it out from his first novel. If… Read more

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The loneliness of the long distance salesman

2 June 2010
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim Jonathan Coe

Viking, pp.352, 18.99

If only E. M. Forster hadn’t beaten him to it by exactly a century, Jonathan Coe could have coined the enigmatic phrase ‘only connect’ in this novel. If only E.… Read more

A choice of first novels

24 March 2010
Catch Simon Robson

Jonathan Cape, pp.262, 16.99

La Rochelle Michael Nath

Route, pp.285, 8.99

Rupture Alex Preston

Faber, pp.335, 12.99

This Bleeding City Simon Lelic

Picador, pp.294, 12.99

Catharine is a middle-class, married woman in her late thirties living in a genteel village an hour from London with her husband, a successful lawyer, who nicknames her ‘Catch’. Catharine… Read more

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Love and vulgarity

24 February 2010
Little Hands Clapping Dan Rhodes

Canongate, pp.313, 10

When I was about half way through Little Hands Clapping, Dan Rhodes’s fifth published book, I started a list of the innocent characters on whom fate and their author play… Read more

Engrossing obsessions

4 November 2009
Blood’s a Rover James Ellroy

Century, pp.627, 18.99

With Blood’s a Rover James Ellroy finally finishes his ‘Underworld USA’ trilogy. With Blood’s a Rover James Ellroy finally finishes his ‘Underworld USA’ trilogy. It’s been eight years since the… Read more

New departures

14 October 2009
The Complaints Ian Rankin

Orion, pp.429, 18.99

Dark Entries Ian Rankin

Titan Books, pp.216, 14.99

For a crime writer, success comes with its dark side. As Conan Doyle learned to his cost, your readers often become obsessively attached to your series hero, while you yourself… Read more