Bookworm dating

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From sex workers and adulterers to rapists, Strout has dug deep to create ever more confrontational, audacious snapshots of claustrophobic rural life.But Anything is Possible is positively soaked in beauty, and Strout, as ever, captures the gore and the glory of the human condition better than most.Still on espionage, the final quarter of the year saw the publication of A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré (Viking), a masterful and quite unputdownable return to the events of the 1960s Cold War and the death of doomed British spy Alec Leamas detailed in Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) as seen from the viewpoint of George Smiley’s then deputy, octogenarian Franco-British spy Peter Guillam.The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver (Hodder & Stoughton) has paraplegic forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme and his lover and investigator Amelia Sachs up against a cruel killer called the Composer; they have to travel to Italy to unmask him.Irish-American Mc Closkey has the observational eye of both the outsider and insider, able at once to pinpoint the intricacies and mannerisms of the Irish people and landscape.This isn’t a misty-eyed love letter to the land; rather, it’s a delightful fish-out-of-water account, stitched together with gentle yet wondrous prose.It saw the HHh H author take the esoterism of France’s critical-theory elite and plonk it in a tongue-in-cheek conspiracy thriller.

Greyer of hue but inhabiting a dimension where the laws of nature carry the same cold edge as Lynch was Reservoir 13 (4th Estate), which won author Jon Mc Gregor no shortage of acclaim and awards longlists.In the first of a two-part guide to the books of the year, our writers pick their favourite reads of 2017 to suit every type of bookworm - from short-story lovers to fantasy fans and biography addicts Even if we look beyond the big talking points in literary fiction this year — Sara Baume’s A Line Made By Walking (Tramp Press), Lincoln In The Bardo (Bloomsbury) by George Saunders, Tóibín’s House of Names (Viking), Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (Hamish Hamilton) — there was a heap of treasure littering the fringes.Laurent Binet’s The 7th Function of Language (Harvill Secker) was a hoot from start to finish.The novel twitched a curtain and eavesdropped near the kitchen sink as a small village came to terms with the disappearance of a local girl.It is a beautiful and haunting work, but perhaps a little sombre for January when more vigorous fare might be wiser to make it through the post-Christmas drear. The unstoppable march of Sally Rooney’s Conversations With Friends (Faber & Faber) continues.

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Its 11-year-old protagonist Jason was armed with a tragi-comedic internal monologue that was a highlight of Irish literary fiction in 2017.

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