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Mystery

CHARACTER RULES! Lately, it seems that strongly defined crime fiction characters are overshadowing their plots. Yes, there is a mystery to be solved, but that sometimes takes a backseat to the protagonists’ personal dramas. Kerry…



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The life of Moshe Dayan

He was a flawed titan, and after decades of achievement his people chose to remember only the flaws. Starting his career as a modern-day Joshua, acclaimed for vanquishing Israel’s enemies on every side, he finished…


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Gambler gets jail for striking baby son

A problem gambler was sentenced to five months’ jail after he pleaded guilty to accidentally striking his three-month- old son on the head and punching his de facto wife while demanding money from her. The…


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Story of My Life

BACK IN 1984, Jay McInerney and his editors ought to have passed round the cigars, for they had given birth to an extremely profitable literary genre, McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City, it turned out, was…


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Perfect Pitch: A Life Story

In 1953, when Nicolas Slonimsky was a mere slip of a lad at the age of 59, he was responsible for one of the most memorable collections of comments about music ever published. Calling it…


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The Life and Work of Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter has always had an image problem. For carping streetwise lefties, his politics have been compromised by rumours of a “champagne socialist” lifestyle; for conservatives, his reputation as “Britain’s greatest living playwright” is marred by…