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Outsider by Frederick Forsyth

The Observer, September 2015 When a chapter in a memoir opens with “I recall the date I almost started the Third World War”, it’s fair to say one…

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Fresh Hell by Rachel Johnson

The Observer, June 2015 Rachel Johnson says this is the third and final volume of the “Notting Hell” trilogy, her gentle satire of the “haves and have yachts” who…

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Us by David Nicholls

The Observer, June 2015 When David Nicholls started talking about the eagerly awaited follow-up to the phenomenon that was One Day, he admitted Us was a sequel of sorts. Not literally – Us isn’t “what…

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Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle

The Observer, March 2016 The poignant labour of love that was Alexei Sayle’s chronicle of his unusual childhood, Stalin Ate My Homework, begged for a sequel, and follow-up Thatcher Stole…

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The Weather Experiment by Peter Moore

The Observer, May 2015 It was 1854, and Robert FitzRoy was awaiting government funding for a nascent Met Office that might forecast the weather. But he was literally…

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A Decent Ride by Irvine Welsh

The Observer, May 2015 Jonty MacKay tries to make love to a corpse, momentarily put off when gas belches out from her mouth, followed by a fly. But…

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Swallow This by Joanna Blythman

The Observer, April 2015 Celebrity chefs sell us the dream of whipping up daily, home-cooked dinners using the freshest ingredients. It pricks our consciences just enough to steer…