John Fowles

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Top 10 novels about things that go horribly wrong on islands
From John Fowles’s deep weirdness to Yōko Ogawa’s amnesiac dystopia, these books could put you off beach holidays for ever

Rebecca Rukeyser

08, Jun, 2022 @10:05 AM

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From Jamaica Inn to Treasure Island: the best books about the sea
Author Emma Stonex shares her favourites, including psychological novels by John Fowles and Iris Murdoch, and an illuminating history of lighthouses

Emma Stonex

17, Apr, 2021 @11:30 AM

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From war carnage to Greek idyll: the 1917 team take on The Magus
Flushed with awards success, Sam Mendes and his partners at Neal Street Productions reveal their latest film, TV and theatre projects

Vanessa Thorpe

25, Jan, 2020 @3:50 PM

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman: how did a good book make such a bad film?
John Fowles’s novel drew some of Hollywood’s finest for its adaptation, but even Meryl Streep couldn’t save it. Why?

Sam Jordison

26, Nov, 2019 @11:20 AM

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman: John Fowles's meta games are unexpectedly fun
His 1969 novel may be maddeningly metafictional, but it’s also gripping, evocative – and often pretty funny

Sam Jordison

19, Nov, 2019 @5:27 PM

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The French Lieutenant's Woman: a novel that comes from both the head and the heart
Fowles may do the most postmodern thing ever – disavow postmodernism – in his re-creation of a Victorian novel, but it isn’t a cold or showy exercise

Sam Jordison

12, Nov, 2019 @1:58 PM

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The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles is our Reading group book for November
Published 50 years ago this month, Fowles lacerating take on the Victorians is a lot of fun

Sam Jordison

05, Nov, 2019 @10:00 AM

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Top 10 evil narrators
Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, American Psycho ... many of these books were originally condemned as immoral for humanising the evil at their heart

Leo Benedictus

27, Mar, 2019 @8:15 AM

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Top 10 terrible houses in fiction
Places you’d be desperate to avoid in real life provide a magnetic lure in books by authors from Dickens to Du Maurier and even Richard Adams

Xan Brooks

26, Apr, 2017 @9:15 AM

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Top 10 books about voyeurs
Reading fiction is a variety of voyeurism already, but these stories brilliantly examine the most sinister varieties of looking

Peter Swanson

25, Jan, 2017 @10:22 AM

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John Fowles's The Tree is a humble revolt against 'usefulness'
His meditation on nature and creativity encourages readers to turn away from purposeful activity and embrace the ‘profound harmlessness’ of natural life

Peter Beech

10, Jan, 2017 @10:00 AM

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Figures of Catastrophe by Francis Mulhern review – reasons to be cheerless
A short but intense study of fiction by a stalwart of the left draws EM Forster, John Fowles and Ruth Rendell into its gloomy prognosis

John Mullan

21, Apr, 2016 @8:00 AM

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