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This is a fascinating insight into the mechanics of novels. Based on John Mullan's articles in the Guardian it looks at a wide range of, predominantly, contemporary fiction. From his articles he has extracted particular critical themes, such as narrating, people, genre etc., and then subdivides these into particular aspects within each theme e.g. tense, motivation, magical realism.
Each section is interesting and instructive. However, the structure of the book makes it more of a reference source than a cover to cover read, not least because the slicing and dicing of the original articles and the journalistic style make each literary reference clipped and fragmented, detracting from the undoubted critical skill underlying the work.
Nevertheless, well worth persevering with.