Category Archives: American fiction

Justin Cronin’s ‘The Passage’: a book to bring a nation to its knees (in every sense of the word)

Every intelligent person should have a copy of Justin Cronin’s The Passage by their bed. If an intruder comes into your room in the dead of night and you want to hurl a book at them to defend yourself, this … Continue reading

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Lionel Shriver’s ‘So much for that’ (or ‘Why it is better to be extremely ill on a small African island than in America’)

You could never accuse Lionel Shriver of being too cheerful. Forgive me if I seem a little flat right now but I’ve just finished her latest novel, ‘So much for that’, and can’t help but feel rather depressed. Not quite … Continue reading

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The twilight hours – and the heat is on

It is a sad day when a woman loses her cat to the heater. ‘Yes, it may keep you warm at night,’ I tell Fina coldly, ‘but will it talk to you? Or feed you? Or sing you special cat … Continue reading

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