Reviews

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Into the Water, review

There’s no doubt that Into the Water will sell a lot of copies. Like Paula Hawkins’ 2015 hit The Girl On the Train, this, her second thriller, is one that will appear on those “beach reads” round-ups and stick around on bestseller stands at airports for months to come. Then, just when even your friend who “doesn’t do books” has read it, the film will come out ­– the rights have already been sold – and it will start again, this time with a Hollywood A-Lister on the cover. But is it any good? Well, I won’t deny that I was semi-gripped. Not quite still-reading-it-on-the-Tube-escalator gripped, but sufficiently so that I eschewed company at lunchtime for a few days to finish it.

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Book review: Pussy by Howard Jacobson

The comic fairytale that refracts contemporary America under the leadership of Donald Trump through the fictional character of Prince Fracassus was written in a hurry after the election 

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Yesterday’s Papers by Ben Walsh review: Very funny tale

This energetic debut novel about a jaded and alcohol-dependant music journalist who blags a press trip to a music festival in India to investigate his ancestry and has to deal with a dying newspaper industry will take you on a farcical adventure

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The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy review:

After losing her baby, the journalist's honest and touching memoir, in which tragedy and other problems struck at the heart of her perfect life, is about life not always giving us what we want