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We Are Not in the World by Conor O’Callaghan review – Beckett on wheels
A trucker is tormented by family secrets, in a memorably disturbing novel from the Irish poet

Ian Sansom

18, Feb, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Paradise: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Three by Alasdair Gray review – a fitting finale
Published posthumously, the last of three Dante translations reveals Gray’s powers of insight and invention

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24, Dec, 2020 @7:30 AM

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The Apparition Phase by Will Maclean review – unleashing ghosts
There are chills galore in this enjoyable 70s-set debut about disturbed teenagers and malevolent spirits

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28, Oct, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Fracture by Andrés Neuman review – the damage of the past
The Argentinian writer’s best novel yet follows a Japanese man investigating his country’s history of trauma and survival

Ian Sansom

03, Jul, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Apeirogon by Colum McCann review – new perspectives on Israel-Palestine
A compendium of the conflict mixes fact with fiction to create a profound account of pain and healing

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12, Mar, 2020 @9:00 AM

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A Radical Romance by Alison Light review – a wonderful memoir
Light’s rich account of her marriage to the historian Raphael Samuel offers insights into radical London and a progressive way of living

Ian Sansom

19, Dec, 2019 @11:59 AM

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Endland by Tim Etchells review – brilliantly horrible short stories
There are no happy endings in this nastily funny phantasmagoria set in a warped version of England

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08, Dec, 2019 @7:30 AM

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Two Souls by Henry McDonald review – coming of age in the Troubles
Growing up in 1970s Belfast means the thrill of punk and first love as well as the threat of violence

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16, Nov, 2019 @9:01 AM

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The Dressing-Up Box and Other Stories by David Constantine – review
Subtlety marks every tale in this intelligent, unshowy and often moving collection

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31, Oct, 2019 @10:00 AM

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The right poem for the wrong time: WH Auden’s September 1, 1939
Despite the poet’s best attempts to destroy it, readers still turn to his poem about Germany’s invasion of Poland in times of crisis. Why?

Ian Sansom

31, Aug, 2019 @11:00 AM

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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann review – Anne Tyler meets Gertrude Stein
This 1,000-page monologue of an angst-ridden US homemaker fretting about love, loss and the state of the nation is an unabashed triumph

Ian Sansom

04, Jul, 2019 @6:29 AM

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Mescaline by Mike Jay review – a global history of the first psychedelic
From the ancient Andes to Aldous Huxley’s trousers – the uses and abuses of ‘fiendish cactus juice’

Ian Sansom

13, Jun, 2019 @6:30 AM

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