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»As an author I feel my sole responsibility is to entertain my readers, not to deliver a moral message. But at the heart of all my fiction is the basic question, why do we continue to do bad things to each other?«

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin mulled over the perfect crime. In his novel Doors Open, now a TV drama, he thinks he may have cracked it. His view at The Telegraph.

»Even if you haven’t read any Dickens since high school, when you waded through the sentences and beheadings of A Tale of Two Cities, Gottlieb’s book is one you might want to try. Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens makes clear that not even the most prodigious creator of fictional characters since Shakespeare could always be understanding or sympathetic to the people closest to him.«

Michael Dirda

A tale of two fathers: Michael Dirda about Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens by Robert Gottlieb. His review at The Washington Post.

»“Travelling: the dank oily days after christmas.“ So begins the novel which, with humble apologies to Thomas Cromwell, I believe is Hilary Mantel’s masterpiece. Beyond Black is a darkly comic account of clairvoyancy plied in the grim new towns of England’s motorway wastes; a ghost story that is also a beyond-black account of the adult mind’s struggles to live with childhood trauma.«

Claire Armitstead

Darkness in literature: Claire Armistead about the novel Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel. Her review at The Guardian.