Monthly Archives: July 2013

“NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND”

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Notes From a Small Island by Bill Bryson  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Good old Bill is a natural comedian and never holds back when it comes to being honest. He’s one of the world’s best-loved and most famous travel-writers, …

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NICHOLAS EVANS – “THE LOOP”

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The Loop by Nicholas Evans  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   This is the second breathtaking novel from Nicholas, the first having being the international best-selling weepie The Horse Whisperer which shot the English-based writer to fame. The Loop has nothing to do with …

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“MISSION FLATS”

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Mission Flats by William Landay  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Crime-thrillers come no better than this edge-of-the-seat masterwork from American writer William Landay, who here delivers a truly superb debut novel that attacks the senses and ultimately leaves you reeling from …

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“THE BROOKLYN FOLLIES”

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The Brooklyn Follies by Paul Auster  Reviewed by Steve Rudd “One should never underestimate the power of books”. New York-obsessed Paul Auster is back, and he’s clearly writing better than ever in light of this astounding novel of epic and forever-surprising proportions. …

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KARL BUSHBY – “GIANT STEPS”

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Karl Bushby’s Giant Steps by Steve Rudd   A modern-day hero in his own time, Hull man Karl Bushby is attempting to walk into the record books by being the first man to leave an unbroken trail of footprints from the tip …

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“MAGIC HOFFMAN”

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Magic Hoffman by Jakob Arjouni  Reviewed by Steve Rudd ‘We were young then, as if getting older were some kind of illness for which there was no cure’. Magic Hoffman, the novel, is translated from the German original and follows …

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“SURFACING”

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Surfacing by Margaret Atwood  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Poetry and prose. Two separate entities, right? Wrong! Surfacing bears full-frontal, jaw-dropping witness to such a supposition as one of the most important novels of the 20th century, at least according to The New York …

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“LUNAR PARK”

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Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   This has to have been one of the most extraordinary and surprising books published in 2005, simply because it was written by the hugely controversial author of American Psycho… and because …

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“LOVING THE ALIEN”

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Bowie : Loving The Alien by Christopher Sandford  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Rock writer Christopher Sandford sure doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to writing highly detailed and thoroughly engrossing biographies of some of the biggest names in rock …

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“THE STORM WATCHER”

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The Storm Watcher by Graham Joyce  Reviewed by Steve Rudd   Simultaneously an unusual and extraordinary story set in France, a multitude of winning elements ensure that The Storm Watcher is always an engrossing read, as sheer drama is played up against …

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