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Sartre’s War Diaries: Notebooks from a Phony War

Had the great pleasure of shopping for second had books in Cambridge this weekend, and picked up the Verso edition ...
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Shameless Promotion of a mate’s book

Great to attend the launch of Horatio Clare's brilliant new book Down to the Sea in Ships, which recounts his ...
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Simone Weil and the Iliad

My new article looking at the work of Simone Weil in relation to Homer's Iliad is now online at the ...
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Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK?

Have you been waiting to find out what I reckon about Geoffrey Robertson's new book, Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK? ...
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Strawberries and No Cream

I had the privilege a couple of weeks ago of attending the opening of a wonderful exhibition currently showing at ...
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The erotics of discombobulation

I spent a lovely day yesterday reading Heinrich Heine's Self Portrait and Other Prose Writings, in a gloriously dotty 1948 ...
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The Flanders Road by Claude Simon

Time. It's a bastard, pace Proust, pace Wagner. How do you capture its mercurial, telescoping, objective, subjective, historical, anti-historical sense ...
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This Is A Pipe

I've just finished reading Such is Life by Tom Collins and will have much to say about it – I ...
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Vale E L Doctorow

Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your ...
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Valjevo, here I come

Incredibly honoured and excited to have been invited to Serbia as a guest at the Valjevo Literary Festival which runs ...
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Victor Hugo, He Just Don’t Care

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reading Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo, a novel I was completely unaware of, but ...
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Voss by Patrick White

I've just finished re-reading Voss by Patrick White - a relief in some senses, as it will be nice to ...
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Wartime Notebooks by Marguerite Duras

If I were told, "You'll be fucked by ninety soldiers and he'll receive a piece of bread," I'd ask to ...
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Weirdo – Sigmund Frued’s Interpretation of Dreams

Re-reading The Interpretation of Dreams for a novel I'm working on. I'd forgotten how unnerving it is to read Freud, brought ...
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Weirdo 2 – Robert Walser and The Robber

'The coffee here, thankyou for asking, is the worst fucking coffee I have ever tasted...'. Thus opens The Coffee Story ...
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