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“Prater Violet” (1946) by Christopher Isherwood

Published by Methuen & Co Ltd This was my first experience of Christopher Isherwood. Or rather, of his writing. I was well aware of him before now. My close friends had read his work and always talked highly of him. I had seen the movies “Cabaret” (1972) and “A Single Man”(2009) – both of which … 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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