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    Unless – Carol Shields

    “The conjunction and (sometimes) adverb ‘unless’ with its elegiac undertones is a term used in logic, a word breathed by the hopeful or by writers of fiction wanting to prise open the crusted world and reveal another plane of being, which is similar in its geographical particulars and peopled by those who resemble ourselves.” (Unless, Carol Shields) In this vein, Carol Shields names all the chapters in Unless with different prepositions and conjunctions, as if they are to provide at least an illusory coherence to events that are otherwise disparate and fragmented, just like the lives of the characters that…

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    My year in books (2016)

    With a few weeks still to go in 2016 (I’m currently reading The Sportswriter by Richard Ford), a count of 54 books read so far this year isn’t the worst number to end with. After starting the year off in style at the Jaipur Literary Festival (my first experience that you can read all about on my Huffington Post blog), 2016 involved me reading new works from old favourites (Lee Child, Cornelia Funke, Rick Riordan), even as I explored in more detail authors I’d first read over the last two years and loved (Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Anita Shreve, Maggie…

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