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“Endgame: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer” (2011) by Frank Brady

I feel bereft. After 4 or 5 days of reading Endgame there is no more Bobby Fischer in my life. For most of us Fischer is two things; the greatest chess player the world has ever seen and a ranting madman. To write a biography of such an unpleasant character and about the intense, niche … Continue reading

“Oracle Night” by Paul Auster (2005)

Set exactly 30 years ago in Brooklyn, New York, Auster’s eleventh novel concerns a seismic nine days in the life of novelist Sidney Orr. Newly rehabilitated into ‘the land of the living’ after a prolonged spell skirting with death in hospital, Sidney is our first-person guide through a series of misadventures in his life, his … Continue reading

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