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CollectionsYour library (310), Currently reading (1), All collections (310)

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About meI write novels. I blog.

About my library

I don't know if I'd call it a library. I have books on shelves and piled on tables in different rooms in the house. They are not all listed on this site, because many of them are unread. Others that I have read have been passed on to friends or charity shops or casually stolen and forgotten.
There are many other books which should be, and probably will be listed here when I get around to it. Among these are many which I no longer own, or which I've never owned, but which were loaned to me by friends, acquaintances and libraries.

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Member sinceNov 18, 2006

Currently readingLighthouse Keeping by Jeanette Winterson

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As it happens I have had Kunzru's Impressionist for quite some time. Maybe I should move it up the list. As for now I just started Marias's A heart so white.
John--I read one of your interviews where you were talking about it and it intrigued me. It was either that or the tango one--I've read a lot of Argentinian and a bit of Uruguayan literature.
John--just ordered White skin man--though it's coming from England so it may take a little while to get here.

Currently reading William Gaddis--A frolic of his own and Juli Zeh--In free fall--a crime novel revolving around two physicists--involving a kidnapping of a small child and a murder. Both so far are very good.
John--reviewed your book today. I don't know if it was a great job on my part--I've been out of the habit lately.
Yeah I jump around John--I don't have the attention span for one particular kind of thing. Actually crime fiction was something I always kind of avoided until three-four years ago--though I had favorites like Leonardo Sciascia and Eoin McNamee. I always bring a book with me to work though for breaks etc.--which doesn't mean I don't get sidetracked by conversation from time to time either. I like the global of aspect of things--it's a cheap way to travel--imagination wise if not in reality.
John--for sure. I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it--though I haven't been reading at a great pace lately.

Looking at what you've been reading you're really well rounded. You go a lot further than just the crime fiction genre.
John--your book Walking with ghosts showed today. I'm already into a couple other books--Nabokov, Gardam--so it might be a week or two before I get to it but I'm looking forward to it.

Finished reading Winged with Death a few days ago, have added a review to the page. Enjoyed it a great deal.


John--On Higgins the only thing I've read is Friends of Eddie Coyle which is very good and of which there is a pretty good movie with Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle--and Bobby Orr if you're a ice hockey fan. The Boston area in the 60's, 70's and 80's had a lot of mob activity. There's a true crime book by T. J. English titled Paddywhacked or Paddy Whacked which devotes quite a number of pages to that. I think I'll see if I can find Walking with Ghosts.
John--it was just that I was looking at your blog and you're being a crime writer and Manchette to me is fantastic in that regard though there's a limited number of his books translated into English--Three to Kill and The Prone Gunman with Fatale to come out at the end of this year. I like Eoin McNameee a lot--and noticed you read him--Resurrection Man and The Ultras IMO are his best. The one about Lady Diana as well is really good. Some other favorite crime writers--Chester Himes, Johan Theorin, Christopher Petit--Ricardo Piglia's Money to burn.

I've been looking at your stuff as well there one in particular you'd recommend or start at the beginning?
John--a nice bunch of books you have. Ever read Jean-Patrick Manchette?
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