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Books | The Last Days of Detroit – All is not lost in the land of Motor City

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Detroit is a city that has always had its problems, as this book from Mark Binelli notes. Even during the years when Henry Ford turned Detroit into an industrial mega-giant, racial segregation caused major ruckus between blacks and whites alike and to this day, Detroit, to misquote Harold Macmillan, has … Read More

Books | The Railway Man

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As a society we have been overexposed to scenes of brutality and desensitised by television. However, the ease of Eric Lomax’s narration makes the untold horrors of the Burma-Siam railway and the conditions and torture experienced by Lomax more harrowing. Eric Lomax seems to be inviting you personally into his … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to Vanity Fair

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We break up William Makepeace Thackeray’s gargantuan tale of love, lash and Napoleonic lads into easy chunks of satirical fun. Who? Rebecca Sharp: Witty, wily, morally challenged. A social climber. Amelia Sedley: Spends most of her time sighing and weeping over portraits. George Osborne: The apple of Amelia’s eye, totally … Read More

Books | The Black Box – Far cry from a typical crime novel

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There’s often something of a stigma attached to the detective genre, especially in regards to those series in which a new story is pumped out nearly every year, and in its 20th year and 18th instalment, Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series could easily fall victim to this. However, as one … Read More

Books | Cheat's guide to the Millennium Trilogy

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Valentine’s rejection left you feeling bitter? What better way to vent your rising hatred of Milk Trays and rose bouquets than by indulging in a hyper-violent Scandinavia saga? Here’s an essential primer to Stieg Larsson’s trilogy Who? Lisbeth Salander: The girl with the dragon tattoo. Distrustful of authority, and a socially awkward outcast, her … Read More

Books | People in the photo – A page turner full of secrets

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Say what you will, Hélène Gestern writes a good page-turner. Narrated in the epistolary form (and translated form the original French), the novel follows the correspondence between the two characters of Hélène and Stéphane, as the former starts to uncover the secrets of her family. Hélène places a newspaper advert … Read More

Books | The Hive – Mean girls for the middle aged

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If you thought the cliques and schoolyard politics portrayed in teen comedy Mean Girls were confined to the realm of high school drama queens, think again. Gill Hornby’s debut novel, based, like Mean Girls, on Rosalind Wiseman’s Queen Bees and Wannabes, shows that the middle aged mothers of a country … Read More

Books | Stephen Hawking – My Brief History

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“Physics was always the most boring subject at school because it was so easy and obvious. Chemistry was much more fun because unexpected things, such as explosions, kept happening. But physics and astronomy offered the hope of understanding where we came from and why we are here. I wanted to … Read More

Books | The Fields – You’ll laugh, cry and remember your own time as a teenager

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Anyone with even a drop of Irish blood will recognise the scenes in Kevin Maher’s honest, unpretentious and highly entertaining tale of 13-year-old Jim Finnegan’s formative years in 1980s Dublin. But, even for those without aged Irish relatives and obscenely extended families, the antics of teenage boys are universally understood. … Read More

Books | A cheat's guide for Valentine's Day

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LSi Valentine’s Day reads for… The slightly masochistic lover: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë You may think you know the story from the various adaptations and Kate Bush song, but aside from the passionate love between the rugged Heathcliff, a man after my own heart, and the gentle Cathy, there … Read More