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The Crimson Petal And The White

Michel Faber

First Sentence:    Watch your step.

Back of the book:

‘Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them . . .’ 65 more words


My Big Issue Reviews of Dwayne Alexander Smith and Tom Wright

Another week, another couple of cracking books to review in The Big Issue. This time round two American crime novels, Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith and Tom Wright’s Blackbird. 31 more words

Doug Johnstone

"He maintains"

Pereira Maintains was re-published by Canongate in English in 2010. An earlier version, from Harvill in 1995, was titled Pereira Declares. It’s an important difference, and I’ll try to explain why without too much in the way of spoilers. 508 more words


Review - The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas


Today’s review was pretty hard to write. It’s about Scarlett Thomas’ novel The End of Mr Y. I still don’t really know what to make of it. 343 more words