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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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    Reading year 2018

    Overall, I’ve had a very good reading year again. My Bookstagram has a list of my favourites from 2018, some of my plans for 2019, as well as musings on the year gone by. Check it out at @booksinboston. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrsJ3rKn4Jr Some statistics Number of books read – 107 Female authors – 48 Male authors – 31 (I read multiple books by some, but only counted them once.) New authors – 55 Rereads – 10 Audiobooks – 4/5 (many of my HP rereads were a combination of Stephen Fry’s audio versions and the actual books) https://www.instagram.com/p/Brkkbu2Hvdj

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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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    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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