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 […]

RIDDLEY WALKER – By Russell Hoban

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RIDDLEY WALKER By Russell Hoban Dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction ha become a specific genre of fiction, producing a number of exceptional book in recent years – The Pesthouse, by Jim Crace, and The Book of Dave by Will Self are two impressive examples. The latter is not alone in recognizing its debt to a lesser-known novel […]

THEN – By Julie Myerson

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THEN By Julie Myerson   I feel uneasy with books that create the worst possible, most desperate situations and then imagine the appalling ways people in those situations might behave. THEN is a book of this kind, written by someone who has achieved a certain notoriety for having converted her teenage son’s drug addiction into […]