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A tale set at a fulcrum of American social and cultural history

Invisible ink no 272: Jake Thackray

This week we feature a writer with a delicate and very specific talent. In the late 1960s John “Jake” Thackray appeared regularly on the BBC singing topical songs, a lugubrious chansonnier with a baritone Yorkshire accent. “Singing” is probably an inaccurate term for Jake’s style, which might better be described as musical talking. His song-stories were a poetic blend of Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Flanders and Swann, and Pete Seeger – but with a very British sense of seaside postcard humour, mixed in with wistful rural imagery.

Emily Bullock’s debut The Longest Fight is a fine addition to the canon of boxing literature.

Paperback reviews: The Longest Fight by Emily Bullock, Fire Flowers by Ben Byrne, The Bull From the Sea by Mary Renault

Emily Bullock’s debut The Longest Fight is a fine addition to the canon of boxing literature.

The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall: A leader for the pack

This setting provides a perfect playground for Hall’s gorgeously visceral prose

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison - book review: Knee-deep in old England

Carefully crafted writing but a wearyingly elegiac mood bogs the novel down

Morrison: Omniscient third-person narrator

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison - book review: The tyranny of memory can make a destructive adversary

Toni Morrison’s novels have become more svelte and directly focused over the years, although thematically God Help the Child takes us right back to Song of Solomon (1977) and the Pulitzer prize-winning Beloved (1987).

Concealed: She's got a gun by Shelley Calton - book review: Women who carry guns

For three years, photographer Shelley Calton toured Texas in search of ordinary women – stay-at-home mothers, entrepreneurs, ranchers, students, artists, a liquor store and sex shop owner, a criminal court judge, a Texas Ranger, a preacher’s wife – who carry guns.

A man walks in the bullet-riddled souk of Homs

Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell (translated by Charlotte Mandell) - book review: Life, death and no easy answers on the frontline

In mid-January 2012, the American-French author Jonathan Littell travelled to Homs in Syria with his colleague Mani, a photographer and translator.

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Welsh’s ingenuity, flair, sharp observation, and satirical talent make this an exhilarating ride for the reader

Orient by Christpoher Bollen, book review: Secrets and fears of a man on the run

Bollen's handling of his tale is almost mesmerically gripping

DownStream: A History and Celebration of Swimming the River Thames by Caitlin Davies, book review

These remarkable stories of swimming in the Thames offer a watery take on history

Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda by George Eliot, book of a lifetime

Eliot's performing heroines are never on the centre of her fictional stage, that place is reserved for women obsessed with moral self-sacrifice

Gold Fever: One Man's Adventures on the Trail of the Gold Rush by Steve Boggan, book review

Boggan sets out on a modern-day hunt for gold and discovers its dark side

Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm, book review

The Nazis burned copies of this great anti-war novel, but the manuscript survived through a remarkable act of subterfuge

Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh by Stanley Wells, book review: Some men and women are merely players

Approaches to performing Shakespeare change with the times, so what makes some interpreters of his roles stand out as the best in history?
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