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Oliver Sacks & Dennis Lehane – Shelf Indulgence

Shelf Indulgence is a book column from award-winning novelist, A.D. Garrett, who recommends two books per month across a range of styles and genres, and a mixture of new and old. MYSTIC RIVER, by Dennis Lehane Bantham, 2006, ISBN-13: 978-0553818246 Dennis Lehane has it all: elegant prose and… Read more


Gillian Flynn, and Jeannette Winterson Book reviews

Shelf Indulgence is a book column from award-winning novelist, A.D. Garrett. This book review column recommends two books per month, across a range of styles and genres, and a mixture of new and old. SHARP OBJECTS by Gillian Flynn Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0753822210 When I… Read more


What are short stories for?

By Margaret Murphy/A.D. Garrett Why do novelists write short stories? It certainly isn’t for the money – they really don’t pay much – and if, like me, you find them a challenge, they can take a disproportionate amount of work. And yet Murder Squad has… Read more


TRUE CONFESSIONS: A Brit’s Road Trip to Hunt Down American Crime

by A.D. Garrett Road trip – had to be a winner, right? As a kid growing up in the narrow streets of northern England, I knew America as surely as I knew the grey concrete of my own back yard. For years, I had a… Read more


Two Nations Divided by a Common Language

BELIEVE NO ONE opens with an Oklahoma farmer dragging a cottonwood tree out of one of his ponds. What Oklahomans call a ‘pond’, we Brits would call a sizeable lake, and this theme of familiarity and difference – two nations divided by a common language… Read more


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