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Herman Wouk still laying down the law at 97

The New York Times wrote about Herman Wouk at the weekend. The American author, famous for The Winds of War (remember the mini-series?) and The Caine Mutiny, is still writing at the age of 97. His latest book is called The Lawgiver. This writer has been around for so long that he remembers Simon & […]

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Rod Stewart’s autobiography…not bad apparently

The Guardian reviews Rod: The Autobiography by Rod Stewart. Last night on the radio, they played Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? It brought back a lot of memories of Kenny Everett parodies. December 1978 seems like just the other day. In shocking news, this book doesn’t seem too bad. Apparently, Rod’s best chat-up line is […]

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The Country Girl genius of Edna O’Brien

Anne Enright has reviewed Edna O’Brien’s memoir, Country Girl, in The Guardian. It sounds like an amazing book from an Irish author who lived life to the full and was always prepared to challenge the status quo. Enright writes: O’Brien was not just a floozy, she was a floozy who lived in England, a floozy […]

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Always worth reading: Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves

On the day that the EU has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, I recommend Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves as a reminder of what a mess Europe was once in.

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The Cocktail Waitress: James M Cain’s ‘lost’ novel

James M Cain’s ‘lost’ novel has been published. The Cocktail Waitress is a story a femme fatale. Cain died in 1977 aged 85 and he was working on this book in his final years. The New York Times carries a review written by Michael Connelly. The published novel was drawn together by the editor Charles […]

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How to ruin your writing career

I interviewed RJ Ellory a couple of years ago. He seemed like a charming man and then this happens. It was an uphill battle for Ellory to become a published writer and then he blows it with his sock puppetry. I read Ellory’s US-based crime novel A Quiet Belief in Angels and it was a […]

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Pure gaveyard literature from Andrew Miller

Radio 4′s Book at Bedtime is Pure by Andrew Miller. The novel is set in pre-revolutionary Paris in 1785 and concerns engineer Jean-Baptiste Baratte who is tasked with clearing Paris’ oldest cemetery. The novel won  the Costa Book Award for Best Novel and Best Book in 2011, and won over countless reviewers. You can’t beat […]

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Zadie Smith returns to London Lit with NW

It’s all about Zadie Smith in the book sections. It has taken seven years for her to produce her new novel, NW – writer’s block? The Daily Telegraph has a major feature on the author who rocketed into literary superstardom with White Teeth in 2000. The Guardian also reports on her fourth novel. The Guardian […]

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Ask AbeBooks: Unusual Cookbook Recommendations

Marjorie wanted some recommendations for unusual cookbooks to give to her finance, so we came up trumps in the first episode of Ask AbeBooks.

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Ian McEwan goes back to the 1970s with Sweet Tooth

Ian McEwan’s new book, Sweet Tooth, is published today. It’s a spying-themed mystery set in the 1970s. The Guardian has printed an extract to give you a taste of the novel. The Observer also interviewed the author at the weekend and he speaks about the importance of the 1970s in his personal development. (The lady […]

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