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October, 2010:

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Skippy Dies by Paul MurrayI’m slowly but surely working my way through most of the 2010 Man Booker Prize Long List and am so pleased that I got hold of a copy of Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies early on in my quest. It’s a fabulous piece of work and thoroughly deserving of its place on this year’s Booker Long List. With my appetite for Paul’s writing now well and truly whetted, I look forward to getting a copy of his first novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes as soon as I possibly can.

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The Secret by Eva Hoffman

The Secret by Eva HoffmanWhat in the end turned out to be an intriguing short novel by writer and academic Eva Hoffman,  The Secret had been gathering dust on my bookshelves for a few years since my wife had read it. I know we are all at times guilty of the sin of judging books by their covers (publishers spend thousands getting us to do just that), but I had kind of dismissed it as being the type of book I would normally do my best to avoid. Definitely a mistake on my part; as during a recent clear out to the charity shop, whilst deciding what to ditch and what to keep, I read over the sleeve notes, had a quick flick through a few pages, and instantly saw that it deserved a closer look.

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