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Some Novels I've Read Recently (Original English)

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Clear: A Transparent Novel
1.  Clear: A Transparent Novel by Nicola Barker
The list author says:
  "A character in this novels says at one stage: "If you are looking for depth, you're diving at the wrong end".  He could be talking about this novel! That said Barker writes with great panache."
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Old Filth
2.  Old Filth by Jane Gardam
The list author says:
  "Full of quirky and eccentric characters, this is a very moving story."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)

Gentlemen & Players
3.  Gentlemen & Players by Joanne Harris
The list author says:
  "Part black comedy, part suspense thriller, the book keeps you guessing till the end (and I gussed wrong!)"
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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

Armadillo
4.  Armadillo by William Boyd
The list author says:
  "I wanted to read this book ever since I watched a serial based on it some years ago. Boyd is a great story-teller."
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The Photograph
5.  The Photograph by Penelope Lively
The list author says:
  "Lively excles at what she has always done very well: study of perceptions of human relationships. Beautifully written."
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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
6.  A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
The list author says:
  "The main characters are not very convincing, and not much is offered in the way of insight in respect of their behaviours. But it is an easy read. The language is quaint."
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Merde Actually
7.  Merde Actually by Stephen Clarke
The list author says:
  "Not as funny as its predecessor (A Year in the Merde), but there are many witty one-liners. An ideal book to take on a holiday."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Never Let Me Go
8.  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The list author says:
  "The pathos underlying apparently simple observations and reminiscences, the horror of what is not said, and a moving ending makes the reading of this book an unforgettable experience. Outstanding."
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Bright Lights, Big City (Flamingo)
9.  Bright Lights, Big City (Flamingo) by Jay McInerney
The list author says:
  "I discovered Jay McInerney recently. This is his first book; and it is  marvellous. A must read."
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Air Babylon
10.  Air Babylon by Imogen Edwards-Jones
The list author says:
  "Another easy read to take with you on a holiday. Don't expect great insights, though."
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Seventy-Two Virgins
11.  Seventy-Two Virgins by Boris Johnson
The list author says:
  "Boris Johnson's debut novel is a hilarious take on a topical subject. Written in a style reminiscent of vintage Tom Sharpe, this is an entertaining novel."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

The Thought Gang
12.  The Thought Gang by Tibor Fischer
The list author says:
  "Outrageously, scandalously funny. You get so engrossed in the quirky world of its bibulous protagonist that you tend to overlook the improbable situations and lack of cohesion in the plot."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Saturday
13.  Saturday by Ian McEwan
The list author says:
  "The main character (Baxter) is not very convincing. The descriptions are long-winded, and go into unnecessary minutiae at times. Disappointing."
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

The New York Trilogy: "City of Glass", "Ghosts" and "Locked Room"
14.  The New York Trilogy: "City of Glass", "Ghosts" and "Locked Room" by Paul Auster
The list author says:
  "The three stories are possibly thematically connected, but it is impossible to analyse them satisfactorily. For what it is worth I found the last story most satisfying."
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Lunar Park
15.  Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
The list author says:
  "The book's opening pages (the best part) appear autobiographical, and then it becomes some sort of horror story. Didn't really know what to make of it. Probably not a great introduction to Ellis."
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