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THE WRITING CLASS by Jincy Willet

Is it necessary to have experienced a creative writing class to enjoy this murder mystery?  As a veteran of innumerable writing workshops, I’m unable to say, but would be interested to hear from others on the question. There is so much to like here, especially the irascible central character Amy Gallup, instructor of said writing […]

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At Last: The Final Patrick Melrose Novel by Edward St. Aubyn

At last we come to the end of the Patrick Melrose novels, and At Last does not disappoint. In fact, it feels more like a fully fleshed out narrative than the four short novels that precede it, despite its rather narrow focus on events surrounding the funeral of Patrick’s mother. The novel’s structure is intricate, […]

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The Patrick Melrose Novels: by Edward St. Aubyn

   This omnibus edition of four short novels – Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk — has the most irritating and misleading cover I’ve seen in years. Why place a photo of a ‘ravish me” beauty with her head thrown back on a book which is about the painfully unromantic life and […]

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Friday Round-up: what some of us at Shelf Life Books are into right now… Karlene: More than anything – more than fashion, displacement, class, Italy – this novel is about two men circling each other, stilted mirror reflections too vague & aloof in their drifting purposelessness to truly meet. Ie: “I want to tell him, […]

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Friday Round-up: what some of us at Shelf Life Books are into right now… Brendan: 100 Bullets: Brother Lono is a great continuation of Brian Azzarello’s award winning series, illustrated by Eduardo Risso. It’s the usual grimy, violent, hyper-graphic, drug fuelled, revenge based trip you’d expect. If you liked any of Azzarello and Risso’s previous […]

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