Tag Archives: Gordon Burn

Scary stories for Hallowe’en

There are many scary stories out there, from Stephen King and Shirley Jackson to the wonderful Pan Books of Horror Stories. Hopefully, the following selection includes some lesser known and unexpected choices… Firstly, in her centenary year, some Muriel Spark. … Continue reading

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If only…

On those days when I’m between books and can’t quite settle on something new, I often think about those ‘if only..’ books which I long to read but know that they will only ever exist in my imagination. Here are … Continue reading

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Holiday reading

After finding this glorious postcard in a charity shop, I realised it was time to set about one of my favourite pastimes: deciding on my holiday reading, a task fraught with risks and encumbered with rules. The first point I need … Continue reading

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‘Alma Cogan’ Gordon Burn

Alma Cogan – ‘The girl with a giggle in her voice’- was a 1950s pop star who died, aged 34, in 1966. Except, in Gordon Burn’s first novel Cogan is ironically resurrected having not died but simply faded from  view, disenchanted with the trappings of … Continue reading

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