• With Child by Andy Martin
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    With Child by Andy Martin (Review)

    Yesterday, about half an hour after I read the last line of With Child by Andy Martin–Lee Child saying, ‘I’m with Kakfa – the meaning of life is that it ends.’–I sat down to write a piece about Wayne Holloway’s debut novel, Bindlestiff. My mind still swirling with the world I had been immersed in over the past week with its discussions about crime and ‘crime’, about writing practices and the truth of fiction, about the death of the author, metaphorical or otherwise, dying (there was an almost morbid preoccupation with this, if I’m being honest)…and, well, reading all the…

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    Books, Dad, and Jack Reacher

    One late afternoon I was at a bookstore in Birmingham, England, clutching Lee Child’s thriller Night School, featuring long-running character Jack Reacher. I was there just for the signing, with an awards ceremony awaiting me that evening in Manchester, a two-hour train ride away. But how often can a girl surprise her father with a birthday dedication from a favorite author? Until I was about six years old, my father, a surgeon, made sure he was home every night to read to me and my little sister. He adapted the comic characters Asterix and Obelix for our enjoyment and performed…

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