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The Double Life of a Rebel by Edmund White

Review by Robert Collins - from The Observer
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Review by Robert Collins - from The Observer
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Food books

Review by Rachel Cooke - from The Observer

Tom Parker Bowles's reheated food foray loses out to Norman Tebbit's grouse says Rachel Cooke

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Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff

Review by Olivia Laing - from The Observer

Tobias Wolff shows in his latest short story collection, Our Story Begins, that the art of the storyteller is close to the art of the magician, says Olivia Lang

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Pigs Have Wings

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Poison Belt

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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Chris McCabe Reading From his Poems

Review by Rachel Redford - from The Observer
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In Praise of Indecency by Paul Krassner

Review by Alexandra Masters - from The Observer

The blurb hails this book as an insightful, witty polemic on hypocrisy and censorship says Alexandra Masters

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Balti Britain by Ziauddin Sardar

Review by Lettie Ransley - from The Observer

In this illuminating book, Sardar reveals the gaps in our understanding of colonialism says Lettie Ransley

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The Candy Machine by Tom Feiling

Review by Andrew Anthony - from The Observer

Two-dimensional portrayals of drug dealers make this history of cocaine flat, says Andrew Anthony

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The Pages by Murray Bail

Review by Lettie Ransley - from The Observer

A novel of striking contrasts: city and country, wandering and rootedness, old world and new says Lettie Ransley

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Bunny Tales

Review by Carole Cadwalladr - from The Observer

An exposé of life in Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion lifts the lid on the sad, sordid life of a porn baron says Carole Cadwalladr

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The Escape by Adam Thirlwell

Review by Simon Baker - from The Observer

The influence of Martin Amis hangs heavy in this depiction of priapic septuagenarian Haffner, discovers Simon Baker

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Burial by Neil Cross

Review by Alexandra Masters - from The Observer

The muscular narrative digs up familiar themes of perversion and foetid secrets, says Alexandra Masters

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The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik

Review by Salley Vickers - from The Observer

This perceptive look at the development of consciousness concludes that babies know more than we think, says Sally Vickers

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Why England Lose by Simon Kuper

Review by David Runciman - from The Observer

Two authors bravely attempt to explain England's footballing failure and, like the team, ultimately lose says David Runciman

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Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

Review by Phillip Womack - from The Observer

Will you do the fandango after reading it? Most certainly says Phillip Womack

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The Idea of Love by Louise Dean

Review by Robert Collins - from The Observer

With wry humour, Dean captures the gloom of existences imploding in incongruous surroundings says Robert Collins

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Hodd by Adam Thorpe

Review by Francesca Segal - from The Observer

Francesca Segal is introduced to the dark side of Robin Hood

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Rimbaud by Edmund White

Review by Judith Rice - from The Guardian

Eloquently and convincingly told by a writer uniquely suited to the task, says Judith Rice

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True Murder by Yaba Badoe

Review by Joanna Hines - from The Guardian

The flashes of supernatural revelation and magic are well done, and chilling, says Joanna Hines

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Sissinghurst by Adam Nicolson

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

Part history, part biography, the tale of Sissinghurst, the National Trust's most popular destination, is sympathetically read by Jeremy Clyde, says Sue Arnold

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The Movement Reconsidered, edited by Zachary Leader

Review by Christopher Tayler - from The Guardian

Christopher Tayler enjoys a lively collection of essays revisiting the influence of a reluctant literary set

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The Escape by Adam Thirlwell

Review by Sarah Churchwell - from The Guardian

Sarah Churchwell is impressed by a lecherous comedy

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Interview with Seamus Heaney, by Dennis O'Driscoll

Review by Nicholas Lezard - from The Guardian
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Review by Nicholas Lezard - from The Guardian
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The Book of Silence by Sara Maitland

Review by Judith Rice - from The Guardian

Maitland's craving for partial isolation raises significant questions as to the nature of silence and relationship, says Judith Rice

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The World in Six Songs by Daniel Levitin

Review by Susan Tomes - from The Guardian

Susan Tomes finds a categorisation of songs too broad to properly engage with the form

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The Forgotten Man by Amity Shlaes

Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

It's hard not to see Shlaes revisionist history as a sideswipe at the Obama administration's efforts to tackle the recession, says Ian Pindar

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I See You Everywhere by Julia Glass

Review by Ben Jeffery - from The Guardian

Glass' novel is expertly written in its way, and oddly compelling, says Ben Jeffery

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The Damned Utd by David Peace

Review by John Mullan - from The Guardian

John Mullan on The Damned Utd by David Peace Week four: readers' responses

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Family Album by Penelope Lively

Review by Joanna Briscoe - from The Guardian

Penelope Lively skewers middle-class family life. By Joanna Briscoe

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The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik

Review by Josh Lacey - from The Guardian

Josh Lacey is charmed by the theory that babies are free-thinking visionaries with plenty to teach us

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The Cretan Runner by George Psychoundakis

Review by Vera Rule - from The Guardian

George Psychoundakis's scrappy, honest account of a temporary alliance in Nazi occupied Crete. By Vera Rules

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The Shell Country Alphabet by Geoffrey Grigson

Review by Kathryn Hughes - from The Guardian

Kathryn Hughes welcomes the reissue of a forthright 1960s guide to touring the countryside

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Fifty grand by Adrian McKinty

Review by John O'Connell - from The Guardian

John O'Connell admires a Cuban cop working undercover in the States

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All Names Have Been Changed by Claire Kilroy

Review by Colin Greenland - from The Guardian

Colin Greenland on a novel steeped in the Celtic literary tradition

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Spent by Geoffrey Miller

Review by Dylan Evans - from The Guardian

Dylan Evans discovers humanity's unique selling points

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Our Story Begins by Tobias Wolff

Review by Alfred Hickling - from The Guardian

No one writes about dirt more realistically than Tobias Wolff, says Alfred Hickling

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What Becomes by AL Kennedy

Review by Alex Clark - from The Guardian

Disaster stalks the pages of AL Kennedy's funny, angry, brilliant short stories, says Alex Clark

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Balti Britain by Zlauddin Sardar

Review by Ian Pindar - from The Guardian

Ziauddin Sardar argues that British Asians have had their distinct identities formed in Britain, says Ian Pindar

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Surviving by Allan Massie

Review by Ben Jeffery - from The Guardian

Massie's lurid plot is mostly just a balance for much softer, sadder apprehensions of common disappointment and ageing, says Ben Jeffery

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Good Value by Stephen Green

Review by Giles Foden - from The Guardian

Giles Foden examines a banker-priest's reaction to the financial crisis

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Seasons of Life by Russell G Foster

Review by PD Smith - from The Guardian

PD Smith is fascinated by an exploration of nature's inbuilt timing mechanisms

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Affluenza by Oliver James

Review by Sue Arnold - from The Guardian

James's latest pop psychology manual argues that capitalism has eroded our values. But what's wrong with reasonably well-off and moody? asks Sue Arnold

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The Taste of Sorrow by Jude Morgan

Review by Stevie Davies - from The Guardian

Stevie Davies is enthralled by a fictional biography bringing the Brontës to life

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