“The most desirable thing in writing is style and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time.” Raymond Chandler
Twelve reasons why I love Alice Thomas Ellis. Decades ago I used to get the squeaky in from Putney Bridge to Victoria. The trip was usually to meet, make out or make up to someone. All with varying degrees of success. They were slam-door trains with single compartments in those days, with belching heat from … Continue reading Home Life by Alice Thomas Ellis (1986)
I often play with myself on starting a book a game where I spot the exact point the author hooks me in and I know I’m going to read on. Actually, if I’ve acquired the book myself the chances are I’ll be reading on anyways, but it’s fun to see where that point is as … Continue reading This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff (1989)
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