Giles Ruffer

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Lolito by Ben Brooks
Lolito by Ben Brooks
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lolito, 4 Aug 2013
This book is a brilliant follow-up to Brooks' previous novel, Grow Up. As much as it is a story about "inter-generational" relationships or whatever phrase you want to use, it's a story about first love and betrayal delivered in beautiful, compassionate and hilarious writing. Lolito is a big beating heart of a novel.
Grow Up by Ben Brooks
Grow Up by Ben Brooks
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Canongate seem to have a knack for publishing funny, intelligent, slightly hip novels - see 'Naive.Super' and 'The Bird Room', for example - and 'Grow Up' is definitely a continuation in this tradition.

It's hard for any aspiring writer not to be jealous of Ben Brooks' credentials. He hasn't even reached his twentieth birthday and he has four books in print as well as a pushcart prize nomination to his name. But, as Raymond Carver wrote, "Ambition and a little luck are good things for a writer to have going for him. Too much ambition and bad luck, or no luck at all, can be killing. There has to be talent." And Brooks certainly has talent.

Brooks had an early start… Read more
The Fall (Penguin Modern Classics) by Albert Camus
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fall, 5 April 2009
"This, alas is what I am...but at the same time I hold out to my contemporaries a mirror."

You meet a man in a bar in Amsterdam and he tells you his life philosophy on slavery, freedom, religion, morality and love. Only it isn't you, but himself that he's talking to. Over five days and 100 pages, he goes over his thoughts and contemplates the guilt of seeing a girl jump into the Seine and not jump in after her.

This book is full of memorable lines and reminded me somewhat of Kierkegaard's 'Johannes Climacus' in that it's mostly just philosophical meanderings told through the thoughts of a fictional character. I once heard a Rabbi on transworld sport say "the best… Read more

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