THE OBSERVER

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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…

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Rock Stars Stole My Life by Mark Ellen

The Observer, March 2015 Mark Ellen surveys the happy youngsters comfortably cavorting at Glastonbury, marvelling at Primal Scream beneath a harvest moon. “You bastards,” moans the music journalist…

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Girl In The Dark by Anna Lyndsey

The Observer, March 2015 She has a happy job as a civil servant, has just moved into her first flat and is falling in love. Anna Lyndsey’s life…

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Weathering by Lucy Wood

The Observer, February 2015 It has all the hallmarks of a classic haunted house novel. A mother and her young daughter arrive at a dwelling by a swollen…

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How To Fly A Horse by Kevin Ashton

The Observer, January 2015 In the first few days of 2015, the CEO of Samsung promised that the Internet of Things – where everything is connected to the…

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Simply English by Simon Heffer

The Observer, May 2014 If you are of the opinion that the newspaper headline “the economy shrank steeper than expected” isn’t just grammatically incorrect but, as Simon Heffer…

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Curious by Ian Leslie

The Observer, May 2014 It’s the paradox of our times. The internet offers us deeper and quicker access to more knowledge than ever before, but there is more and more…

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Maggie And Me by Damian Barr

The Observer, April 2014 When Damian Barr’s memoir Maggie and Me was published last April, complete with Margaret Thatcher beaming beatifically from its front cover, it seemed immaculately timed. Thatcher had died…

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The Unexpected Professor by John Carey

The Observer, March 2014 At the very beginning of John Carey‘s enjoyable ramble through his life as a scholar, critic, literary prize judge, writer and professor, he admits that…