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Providence: Max Barry

“You don’t want a world of absent gods. You want meaning and purpose.” It’s rare for me to follow an author’s career, but I make an exception with Max Barry. There are two reasons for this: his books are excellent … Continue reading


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The 22 Murders of Madison May: Max Barry

Last year, Max Barry’s novel Providence made my best-of-year list. Providence, a science fiction novel, follows a ship’s crew as it heads into the Violet Zone, deep space, as the battleship, on a search and destroy mission, hunts for Salamanders, … Continue reading


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It’s a Wrap: 2020

It’s been a great reading year and here’s the list: The Spectator Bird: Wallace Stegner Narrated by former literary agent, Joe Allston, this marvellous novel focuses on aging and the choices we make. As Joe reflects back on his life, … Continue reading


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Getting It Right: Elizabeth Jane Howard

“People usually find what they seek, if they really search for it.” For some reason, I had the impression that Elizabeth Jane Howard’s novel, Getting It Right, was the story of a young man losing his virginity–the fodder of those … Continue reading


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Dolly: Anita Brookner

“I reflected how easy it is for a man to reduce women of a certain age to imbecility. All he has to do is give an impersonation of desire, or better still, of secret knowledge, for a woman to feel … Continue reading


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Catherine de Medici by Balzac

“Hers was virile power, dishonoured neither by the terrible amours of Isabella nor by those, even more terrible, though less known of Marie de’ Medici.” Given Balzac’s fascination with women, I’m not too surprised that he wrote about  Catherine de Medici. … Continue reading


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Betrayal by the Marquis de Sade

“O sovereign Providence, why are men’s means so limited that the only way they can ever contrive to do good is by doing a little evil!” I went through a Marquis de Sade period years ago, but when I came … Continue reading


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An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England by Brock Clarke

In spite of its intriguing title, An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England isn’t a book that I would have picked out for myself. And this is where having friends who trade books with you comes in handy. Experience … Continue reading


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