Paperbacks: One Hundred Days: One Hundred Nights, by Christopher Bigsby

What would fans of Amado or Márquez say to a fanciful pastiche of a Latin American "boom" novel by an East Anglian professor? ¡Ay, Caramba!, maybe.

This lavish homage imagines a land, Sagrado Dios, crawling with all the tall tales and odd folk you'd expect. It's a tissue of affectionate allusions, as Bigsby creates his "country of inventions" with colour and panache on every page.

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