Posted on 17th July 2013

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Contrary to expectation for a progressive young Londoner, and indeed for a modern fictional heroine, the narrator of Chloe Aridjis’s exquisitely original second novel, Asunder, lives deliberately quietly and obscurely. ‘I have always been more interested in being than becoming,’ explains Marie, a 33-year-old attendant at the National Gallery. ‘Ambition has never been high on…

Posted on 12th September 2011

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Cross My Palm

“Life is like streaky bacon,” say the Romani gypsies in Sara Stockbridge’s breezy and brilliant Cross My Palm: “there is some fat, and then some lean, and you had better take them together.” This sensible creed often provides solace to our protagonist, seasoned young fortune-teller Rose, who from the age of 12 has been getting…