Imogen Dewey

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Imogen reads chocolate and eats books. She has next to no general knowledge, but does have a diet quite high in fibre.

Reviews

Havisham by Ronald Frame

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

Prequels, sequels and spinoffs to classic novels inevitably inspire some sort of dread – how much really depends on your feelings about fan fiction. The Guardian’s Mark Lawson commented earlier this …

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Through The Window by Julian Barnes

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

The Sense of an Ending took out the 2011 Booker Prize around this time last year. For me, this elegant, witty collection thus marks something of an anniversary, and a wonderful starting place for enc…

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The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

This strange, funny book has become a publishing sensation in Europe, selling millions of copies along with the film rights. This surprised me at first, as the adventures of Allan Karlsson make for a…

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Mortality by Christopher Hitchens

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

Mortality is an edited collection of the articles that Christopher Hitchens wrote for Vanity Fair following his diagnosis with oesophageal cancer in 2010.

The author, journalist and critic was a cen…

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Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question took out the Booker Prize in 2010, and his next offering is quite a different fish. Author Guy Ableman is struggling to match the success of his first novel. He…

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Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

It is grating, though perhaps inevitable that the press around Sweet Tooth will probably eclipse the book. Ian McEwan is, after all, a man in the literary spotlight. A Booker Prize winner in 1998 wit…

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Ancient Light by John Banville

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

Ancient Light is a moving read, the latest from Man-Booker Prize-winning John Banville. With subtlety and grace, he lets us into the world of Alex Cleave, an ageing actor recalling a boyhood affair w…

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Eleven Seasons by Paul D. Carter

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey

Paul Carter’s Eleven Seasons is a great read, and certainly seems like a deserving winner of the Australian/Vogel’s literary award (for best unpublished manuscript by an author under 35). Importantly…

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Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey, Readings Carlton

This is Harkaway’s second novel, and one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. It’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels meets Philip Pullman meets Sherlock Holmes, and packs a punch of adventur…

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The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Reviewed by Imogen Dewey, Readings Carlton

The Orphan Master’s Son is a disorienting and powerful read. Set in the brutally repressive regime of Kim Jong Il’s North Korea, it follows the life of Pak Jun Do from the orphanage to the lethal gam…

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