Monthly Archives: June 2014

Atonement — Ian McEwan

Last week I gave one of my classes a challenge to read a book from a set list of around 200 and to present back to me what they discovered from that reading in an interesting way. The list itself … Continue reading

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The White Tiger — Aravind Adiga

It is unusual for a debut novel to so impress the Booker judges that they award it the prize. In fact, it is a common complaint that the list of winners of the Booker represents established writers, with few experimental … Continue reading

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The Underground Man — Mick Jackson

A genuine pleasure of working my way through the Booker is encountering writers of whom I have never heard. Some authors were familiar to me long before I had taken stock of nominees, and in part it was having knocked … Continue reading

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Washington: A Life — Ron Chernow

One of the things I have noticed having grown up in the UK is the lack of time I have spent covering US history. Sure, I studied the Great Depression, the New Deal, and Vietnam in some brief detail for … Continue reading

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An Artist of the Floating World — Kazuo Ishiguro

Ishiguro is a tricky writer for me to pin down. He is one of a handful of writers whose work I will consistently read and trust to entertain me, and yet I frequently find myself disappointed. Having read all his … Continue reading

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