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Josephine Saxton

“Let me put in a plea, not just, as is sometimes necessary with Fantasy and Science Fiction, for a suspension of disbelief, but for a suspension of strictly labelled parameters.” (1) Thus Josephine Saxton prefaced her collection The Travails of … Continue reading

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East of Acre Lane – Alex Wheatle

Alex Wheatle’s second novel, from 2001, is a vivid, brooding depiction of Brixton in early 1981 in the weeks leading up to the riots. The posse at the heart of this novel are a bunch of unemployed black youths just … Continue reading

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Post Everything – Luke Haines

Back in the 90s, the britpop wars saw every tabloid and their easily led readers arguing over who was best: Oasis or Blur.  Those who believed themselves cooler than that pointed out the ‘correct’ answer should be Pulp. The truly … Continue reading

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Vector For Seven — Josephine Saxton

Vector For Seven, Josephine Saxton’s second novel, follows a pattern begun with her first, The Hieros Gamos of Sam and An Smith in having an increasing group of people wander through a dreamlike landscape seemingly detached in time and space … Continue reading

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Grace After Midnight

“How my hair look, Mike.” Snoop’s final words in The Wire The cold young androgynous killer Snoop was one of many memorable characters in the acclaimed tv series The Wire.  Actress Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson exemplified multiple aspects of that show’s … Continue reading

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Talk Of The Town – Jacob Polley

Reprinted from my earlier now defunct Lancaster area blog The Lunecy Review After two well-received volumes of poetry Lancaster University graduate Jacob Polley’s debut novel Talk Of The Town is a different step not just in the leap from verse … Continue reading

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2010 the best books I read

Well that was a year, wasn’t it.  As for so many, a year of mixed fortunes, probably too many lows, not quite the ecstatic heights in balance.  That was life generally, but what of the books I read? As usual … Continue reading

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