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Christopher Fowler
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Only two books this week but I've been bit rough, and the first one was (for me) fairly demanding. 'Venomous Lumpsucker' is unique in a way that only Ned Beauman's novels can be, a richly detailed systems novel that at times outpaces the reader. For me, his previous high-water marks were 'The Teleportation Accident' and 'Madness Is Better Than Defeat', but this doubles down on the multiple pile…
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Christopher Fowler
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"The love of the painter standing alone and staring, staring at the great coloured surface he is making. Standing with him in the room the rearing canvas stares back with tentative shapes halted in their growth, moving in a new rhythm from floor to ceiling. The twisted tubes, the fresh paint squeezed and smeared across the dry upon his palette. The dust beneath the easel. The paint has edged along…
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Christopher Fowler
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Today's column is a coalescence of several others I've been writing and thinking about for a while. It came to a head when I gave a speech at the Southbank Literary Festival about outsider status. I'd written before on the subject, but the speech introduced a number of outsiders from different centuries. The ultimates are Proust and Kafka, but literature is filled with them, and there's the most…
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Christopher Fowler
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For the first time in an age I find myself seated at my desk with a clean slate and an empty screen. True, there are five titles sitting in a folder, possible ideas for new books, and at least two of these are workable. But my agent has asked me what I would like to do next ('next' being the second half of 2016, as the books for 2015 are already delivered). It may be that there will be more Bryant…
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Christopher Fowler
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The modern mantra is to say that globalisation has shrunk the world, turning cities into identical reproductions of each other, but I'm starting to wonder if that's true. I make it a habit to regularly check out American and English Top 50 book lists and compare them, to try and gauge what we're all reading, but recently I've been surprised by the widening gulf between our cousin-countries and…
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