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What the Dickens

This highly inventive novel is really two stories in one. Three children and their older cousin are trapped at home in a violent storm when electricity, food and communications are almost non-existen…

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Plays Bach Encore!

A scintillating 1991 trio Bach session Loussier issued independantly and promptly withdrew finally sees a proper release, and it may be the liveliest and the wittiest of his many Bach recordings. An …

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Night Falls Over Kortedala

Oh Jens, you unrepentant romantic you! My favourite Swedish crooner is back, falling in love with a new girl every song. Night Falls Over Kortadela is an excellent rebound after his somewhat disappoi…

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The Emergence of Memory

Long-time readers of this august publication will know that in the mid-nineties I was already raving about W.G. Sebald (The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo), for I already had the feeling the…

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The Memory Room

Former diplomat, Derek Bradley, returns to his memories when he visits the old home of his friend Vincent Austin. Vincent has stored his highly detailed diaries there and instructed his aunt to give …

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Handel: Solomon

Solomon is regarded as one of Handel’s finest masterpieces, with its beautiful love songs and magnificent choruses. Soloists Sarah Conolly (alto), Susan Gritton, Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Mark Padmo…

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Elgar: Violin Concerto, Chausson: Poeme

This very difficult piece is handled with consummate ease by one of the great violinists. A very bright, vivid and well-balanced sound add to the pleasure. Coupled with Perlman’s beautiful performanc…

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The End of America

Thank goodness for voices like Naomi. In her first book, The Beauty Myth, she attacked what she characterised as the exploitation of women by the fashion and beauty industries. Here, Naomi has again …

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The President’s Last Love

Sergei Pavlovich Bunin, a Ukranian, lives in the futuristic world of 2015 – and is president of the Ukranian Republic. Some weird things are going on in his life: his heart transplant is causing odd …

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Playground

A lovely second album from the dynamic drummer from Sting and Jan Garbarek’s bands/ This time Katche dispenses with the services of Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko, who contributed so memorably to Neighbo

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