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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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Arguably the greatest detective novel of all time

The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L. Sayers My rating: 5 of 5 stars This, the ninth of Sayers’s eleven full length Wimsey novels, is the one that lifts her above the category of twentieth-century female detective novelist, and places her … Continue reading

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Sesquisuperlative

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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