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Book Review: The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith

The Autograph Man presents a potpourri of contemporay life, where everything has a price, but nothing may be of value. Read More »

Book Review: The Colour by Rose Tremain

Fortune beckons in gold-rush era New Zealand in this beautifully drawn tale of a family newly emigrated from England. Read More »

Book Review: The Master by Colm Toibin

In The Master, Colm Toibin examines the psychological aspects of Henry James's creativity. It is revealed as an exploiter of experience. Read More »

Book Review: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Follows the opportunistic rise of Belram from poverty in rural India to being a Bangalore taxi fleet owner. Read More »

Book Review: The Last Testament Of Oscar Wilde by Peter Ackroyd

Orcar Wilde's rise, celebrity, and downfall are the meat of this masterpiece, presented as the writer's own journal. Read More »

Book Review: The Untouchable by John Banville

John Banville uses fiction to examine a spy's motive and behaviour. Privilege and influence, both assumed, provide the mean. Read More »

Book Review: Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

An enigmatic, complex novel that deals with how writing must filter experience to make sense of it. Read More »

Book Review: The Line Of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

The Line Of Beauty is set in 1980s London. Successful people succeed, perhaps, pursuing riches, influence and each other. Read More »

Book Review: Love, etc. by Julian Barnes

Love etc is a love triangle revisited, told in the characters' own voices, a perfect marriage of content and form. Read More »

Book Review: Istanbul: Memories And The City by Orham Pmuk

Istanbul's contrasts, characteristics, vistas and sensations are lived through the eyes of Orhan Pamuk's early years. Read More »