Week 37: Iris Murdoch’s Severed Head

A Severed Head book review Martin Lynch-Gibbon is a lucky man. He has it all - a comfortable, tastefully decorated home; a gracious, loving wife whose beauty is only just beginning to fade, and a mistress practically young enough to be his daughter. There is no question of him leaving his wife, and his [...]

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Week 36: Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon book review In 1934, four years after The Maltese Falcon was published, Dashiell Hammett wrote this of his anti-heroic, hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade: "He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would liked to have been and quite a [...]

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Week 35: The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps book review “I returned from the City about three o’clock on that May afternoon pretty well disgusted with life." This, I think, is a perfect first line. Why is he - if it is a he - disgusted with life? What's happened up to now? And what is about to happen [...]

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Week 34: The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Postman Always Rings Twice book review When I was in my teens I read a lot. This was partly because I had always read a lot, and partly because I had a lot of time on my hands, being neither athletically inclined nor socially in demand. For me, there were two kinds of [...]

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