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Elizabeth Baines
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Literature and marketing: The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award
This award, relaunched last year after a seven-year break, has produced another stunning shortlist  and is proved once more to be a beacon of integrity in a literary prize world that seems increasingly in thrall to commercialism. Not that any of these books...
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Loving and Hating books
A book our reading group unanimously loved, and a book our reading group (almost) unanimously hated: All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo
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Katy Lumsden on Red Room
Katy Lumsden on Red Room
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Literary reputations versus actual books
A radical disagreement in our reading group about the political stance of Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, raising the question of how far books can suffer from their authors' meta-literary reputations. See our discussion here .
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Can literary authors write good thrillers?
I hate it when people say they can't, but Duplicate Keys by Jane smile seems to prove the point. Read our reading group discussion here .
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Most in our reading group didn't think this worked as either a thriller or a psychological novel, and I dissect why in this report.
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Elizabeth Baines
Elizabeth Baines
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Who cares about poetry?
I'm musing the meaning of the fact that a poetry reading I attended on Sunday was also attended by, at my estimate, another 300 or so others, and in a small town in North Wales. The occasion was the Caernarfon stop on Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's 'Shore to Sh...
Who cares about poetry?
Who cares about poetry?
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Perspectives for reading
Our reading group recently read A Farewell to Arms, and found a difficulty in knowing what perspective through which to read a book which seemed very much of its time. Discussion here .
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Our latest reading group discussion
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