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In Sebastian Barry’s latest novel ‘Days Without End’ we follow the life of Thomas McNulty, writing a very different sort of ‘American Letter’ as he slips almost silently from the fire of the 1850’s desperate Irish poverty into the frying pan of a troubled 1850’s America,  a country trying to find itself.


I went with high expectations last week to see Simon Armitage at The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, where he was in conversation with Claire Armistead, the books editor at The Guardian…………………………………. and he did not disappoint.


This recently published podcast is a combination of an interview with Alan Bennett in front of a live audience and a series of excerpts which he reads from his diaries.

Incoming Fiction…….

What’s coming to the top (albeit slowly!) of the Inside A Dog ‘To Be Read’ Mountain!

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Zero K by Don DeLillo

‘Jeffrey Lockhart’s father, Ross, is a billionaire in his sixties, who happens to be the primary investor in a remote and secret compound where death is exquisitely controlled…’

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

‘New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746. One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house in Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition…’

The Woman On The Stairs by Bernhard Schlink

‘In a museum far from home a man stumbles onto a painting of a woman for whom he once, long ago, risked everything and who then mysteriously disappeared from his life…’

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

‘Two brown girls dream of being dancers – but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person really free…’

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

‘London 1883. When Cora Seaborne’s husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one….’

Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

‘On a hot day in 1996, a bomb detonates in a Delhi marketplace. Just a ‘small’ bomb, but it is fatal for two Khurana schoolboys. Their friend Mansoor survives the blast bearing the physical and physiological effects of the bomb….’

Haruki Murakami……on sharing a love for books……

‘To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys life can offer’

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….. Hearts Marching To The Beat Of Different Drums

Review of Sebastian Barry’s latest novel, ‘Days Without End’

Review Policy.

Review Policy

Most of the books I read and review at Inside A Dog are books I buy myself… So I don’t really need any ‘policy’.

But just in case…

Our policy is ‘I’m delighted you’d ask!’ –  but as my blog is a hobby, I can only promise to try to read and review it. I prefer a physical book but I will e-read when I commute into London


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