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Fiction improves our social understanding

Last Thursday morning, Radio 4’s Today programme hosted an interview with Professor Keith Oatley, a cognitive psychologist and author of the book Such Stuff as Dreams. His thesis is that reading fiction is good for you. Well, I, inveterate bookworm … Continue reading

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Checkmate by Dorothy Dunnett My rating: 5 of 5 stars Early in this book, Lymond is cornered in the streets of Lyon by various people intent on murdering him. With his companion Philippa Somerville he embarks on a high-speed chase … Continue reading

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A book not to be judged by its cover

Burden of Desire by Robert MacNeil My rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a complete surprise. Its title is at once misleading and accurate: one might easily expect Burden of Desire to be third-rate lightweight romantic escapism for … Continue reading

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