Book Club

The Lighthearted Quest

Ann Bridge’s series of novels featuring dilettante journalist Julia Probyn are unfairly forgotten gems of the later Golden Age – wonderfully revived by Bloomsbury Reader. In the first book in the collection, Julia sets off to Morocco to find her cousin, next in line for…
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The Fire Maker

Written by Peter May — Crime fiction fans know and love Peter May for his very atmospheric Lewis trilogy and we’ve reviewed The Chessmen and a recent standalone likewise set in the Outer Hebrides, Coffin Road. The author has since moved on to the Gulf of St Lawrence…
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Little Tales of Misogyny

Written by Patricia Highsmith — The title of Patricia Highsmith’s story collection, reissued this month by Virago, remains highly provocative even 40 years after it first appeared. As a reader, you wonder if these tales will highlight the cruelty of misogyny from a feminist perspective. Or…
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Web of the City

Written by Harlan Ellison — Hard Case Crime is back on the re-issue beat, this time with Ellison’s debut, written whilst he finished his Army training and first published in 1958. To add value, the publisher has given the book another great cover by Glen…
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CIS: The Black Echo

Classics in September — The Black Echo by Michael Connelly — Anyone over a certain age will know what I’m talking about. You’re listening to the radio when a song you’ve not heard for a while comes on. Soon you’re singing along – and you…
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