DIRT MUSIC – By Tim Winton

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DIRT MUSIC By Tim Winton When I began choosing books for a Book Club in Madrid I was worried that I might end up just selecting books I like. Several years on, that is probably the case, inasmuch as I never chose a book I dislike. What I try and do, however, is read books […]

THE ROBBER BRIDE – By Margaret Atwood

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THE ROBBER BRIDE By Margaret Atwood The Robber Bride is a radical re-working of a fairly standard format. A number of protagonists (three women) are linked through shared suffering – in this case the impact on their lives of a seemingly classical femme fetal, and their separate narratives unfold at the same time as they […]

SLEEPER WAKES – By Alistair Morgan

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SLEEPER WAKES By Alistair Morgan The blurb on the back of Sleeper’s Wake reads “In the aftermath of the car crash that killed his wife and daughter, John Wraith travels to a remote resort on the South African coast. There he meets Jackie, a disturbed young woman of seventeen, and is immediately and dangerously drawn […]

A FIRST-RATE MADNESS – By Hassir Ghaemi

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A FIRST-RATE MADNESS By Hassir Ghaemi   It seems one of the problems shared by President Obama, Tony Blair and George Bush might be that they are, well, sane – normal, at least according to this book by Nassir Ghaemi. The question of which characteristics or qualities make leaders is a fascinating one, especially when […]

A TOUCH OF LOVE – By Jonathan Coe

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A TOUCH OF LOVE By Jonathan Coe I should begin by saying that I am a great fan of Jonathan Coe and am fascinated by his evolution as a writer. Traditionally, writers whose style changes significantly as they get older, tend to move from a more to less traditional format as they experiment and push […]