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Christopher Fowler
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Imagine being part of a literary dynasty; the pressure to achieve must be unbearable. We automatically think of stern Catholic Evelyn Waugh as his dynasty's prime mover, the man whose innovative satirical writing came to symbolise an era (that's him above, looking extremely cross). But he wasn't the only writer. Alec was the younger brother of Evelyn, uncle to Auberon, and towering above them both…
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Christopher Fowler
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For an author who is continually associated with London, I'm desirous of leaving it a lot. The city is perfectly pitched at a central point for travelling, and as it's possible to reach anywhere in Europe by simply catching a train at a station just a 10 minute walk from my front door, the temptation to stay on the move is strong. I've been in Marrakech all this week, where the world is evidently…
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Christopher Fowler
Ian McEwan seems to function better in novella form, and told an audience at The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that he believes "the novella is the supreme literary form". "Many of the writers we love the most, we love for their novellas: Death in Venice, The Turn of the Screw, The Metamorphosis". The novella can be defined as a work of 25,000 words, and allows authors to concentrate on the…
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Christopher Fowler
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Setting aside the aforementioned PG Wodehouse, who really deserves his own special shelf, I spent an idle moment searching my bookcases for the single volume I found the funniest. In this I was purely considering its comedy value, not social comment. I came up with this batch. Obviously 'Vile Bodies' by Evelyn Waugh is a classic, but it's also hysterical, with main character Adam the latest in the…
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