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Christopher Fowler
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May feels like a quiet time for books, although my reading continues at the same throughout the year. According to a GQ survey, men only account for a fifth of literary fiction readers. In 2000 men wrote 61% of the top-selling hardbacks. Now it's lower than 43%. Changing demographics, cultural diversity and female readers' preferences for emotional stories over tales of POW camp escapes have…
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Christopher Fowler
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Time for a round-up of what I've been reading and can recommend. I'm sure authors like to be thought of as smart and knowledgeable in book choices, but it would seem there's a subset of reading we could term Cleverdick novels, partly because they're about being clever for the sake of it, partly because I can't think of many female examples, except perhaps Natasha Pulley and Kate Atkinson, who…
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Christopher Fowler
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It's surprising that there aren't more books written about time, and the changing way in which we perceive it. Martin Amis wrote 'Time's Arrow', a reverse-time chronology of moral compromise and Auschwitz, a powerful, bleak, and of necessity ugly read that nevertheless catches the sense of time being ultimately irreversible. Far lighter was Jack Finney's 'Time and Again', in which illustrator Si…
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Christopher Fowler
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It's taken a long time for critics to realise that some of the finest writing in the world is - and always has been - fantasy literature, and that it takes many forms, from, say, John Crowley's 'Little, Big' to Natsume Soseki's 'I Am A Cat'. But how do you attract the right readership? It's easy to see the demographic strategy behind cover art, and to dismiss a great many authors on the strength…
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