Category Archives: James Wilson

Fragrant Harbour by John Lanchester

Reviewed by James Wilson ‘Fragrant Harbour’ is ‘Hong Kong’ in English, and perhaps the most compelling protagonist in Lanchester’s 2002 book is the city itself, ostensibly only the setting for this sprawling historical novel, but, in fact, its primary focus. … Continue reading

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The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis

The Zone of Interest (2014) is not English novelist, Martin Amis’ first foray into the Holocaust as subject. In 1991 he published Time’s Arrow: or The Nature of the Offence, a technical tour de force in which all events happen … Continue reading

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The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

by James Wilson Julian Barnes has always struck me as being a ‘thinking man’s novelist’, by which I mean no disrespect to the intellects of some of his contemporaries, like, for example, Martin Amis or Ian McEwan. But many novelists … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø

by James Wilson According to an article published last month in a leading business magazine, the three best countries to live in today – if you are a woman – are Denmark, Sweden and Norway. You might not think so, … Continue reading

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James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans

Definitely an Oldie – but still a Goodie? by James Wilson Though hard to believe today, James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826) was the most widely read American novel for over 100 years. Only Gone with the … Continue reading

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Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Cormac McCarthy is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest living writers. Though he published his first novel over 50 years ago, he didn’t take his place among the pantheon of US novelists until the western, Blood Meridian, in 1985. … Continue reading

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Easily Distracted by Steve Coogan

Easily Distracted (2015) is an autobiography by actor/comedian Steve Coogan. If you’ve seen the film, The Trip (2011), or The Trip to Italy (2014), or The Trip to Spain (2017), you know who Steve Coogan is. Fellow peregrinating gastronome, the … Continue reading

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