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Book review: The Carer by Deborah Moggach

20
Jul
2019

I’ve been a fan of Deborah Moggach for years – ever since her first novel, You Must be Sisters, was published in 1978. I even interviewed her once, when the newspaper I was working for at the time inexplicably sent ...continued

19
May
2019

When it comes to writing thrillers with dizzying plot twists Jeffery Deaver is second to none. He’s written more than 30 page-turning thrillers, sold more than 50 million books around ...continued

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17
May
2019

It was the sort of mistake we all dread making. A diner at a Manchester restaurant was so impressed by the delicious bottle of red that he immediately ordered the ...continued

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03
Feb
2019

Like most book reviewers I know, I have a towering pile of novels to read. But even though I valiantly try to work my way through them in the order ...continued

01
Feb
2019

From Desert Island Discs to The Archers, I’m an avid radio listener. Given the choice between the radio and TV, I’d choose radio any day. Depending who’s on I constantly ...continued

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