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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Following on from my last post about reading books discovered in the blogosphere, there was a spate of posts about Alone in Berlin some time ago, which made its cover instantly recognisable to me. In short, I’m glad to have … Continue reading

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Recommended by Book Bloggers: Quirky Books about Books

I have a confession to make. I keep copies of bloggers’ book reviews in a database. This enables me to click on my ‘Books to Acquire’ folder to remind myself of possible purchases. It’s so much more visual than merely … Continue reading

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9 Top Tips for Writing a Houellebecq Novel

Are you working on a novel that could use a touch of controversy? Is it lacking that soupçon of malaise you’d expect from an enfant terrible? Fear not. Here’s a list for clouding over your manuscript with an Houellebecqian mise en scène. Ensure that all the roads … Continue reading

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7 Ways to up Your Zeitgeist Factor with a Dash of Douglas Coupland

Anyone writing a novel in which ‘contemporary culture’ is central might wonder how to cram in the zeitgeist. One way is to appropriate some ideas from Douglas Coupland. The following points will help any novelist who’s striving to be iconic, … Continue reading

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How Half-Interesting Books Could Help Save Public Libraries

There are narratives about public libraries that are becoming all too familiar. The borrowing of physical books is in decline. The usage of computers is on the rise. All those additional services that have built up library remits are, along … Continue reading

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Is a Dystopia a Multiple of Today’s Troubles?

The Drowned World envisages a future in which the polar ice caps have melted and human life has moved away from the rising oceans to higher ground. This is prophetic because this novel was written in 1962. Except Ballard envisaged a polar … Continue reading

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How Much Does a Novel ‘Become’ a Classic?

My first encounter with The Diary of a Nobody was the direct-to-camera monologue given by Hugh Bonneville in the TV adaptation on BBC4. The mixture of delight and horror at modernity made for a drama that was compelling. It was … Continue reading

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