Monthly Archives: May 2014

Last Orders — Graham Swift

Last Orders was my introduction to Graham Swift and it did not disappoint: I found it subtle and compelling, although possibly not quite to the same standard as other winners which I shall be going on to review on this … Continue reading

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Life & Times of Michael K — J. M. Coetzee

Last week I started this blog by reviewing the first Booker Prize nominee I read. Over the past week I have found similarities between my experiences then and my experiences reading┬áLife & Times of Michael K: it is springtime, I … Continue reading

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Empire of the Sun — J. G. Ballard

I first encountered a Booker Prize nominee as a 14-year-old in 2003. It was springtime and I was sitting in a boxy classroom, inside a boxy, late-1970s building, preparing to be taught Empire of the Sun as the class novel … Continue reading

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