Two reviews to catch up on – Feel Free by Zadie Smith and The Only Story by Julian Barnes. I liked the former and loved the latter. Barnes I’d been aware of for some time, as he pops up in the letters and biographies of both Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin numerous times, but this was the first book of his I’d read. It’s tender and severe, satirical but deeply felt. Lovely. The Smith book was good, sometimes very good, though not quite enthralling. But check ’em out.

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