The Man Without A Face (Masha Gessen)

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Masha Gessen is almost over-qualified to write this biography. In fact, as a journalist, she must’ve been upset to know that the book was nearly off to the printers during the December protests, which have been hurriedly tacked on as an epilogue. It’s an incisive epilogue – which brings the story up-to-date – but it’s hardly what the highly-capable reporter …

Martin Amis: The Biography (Richard Bradford)

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If you’ve read Martin Amis’ novels, then the density of this critical biography won’t be lost on you. Amis’ life is structured like most of his works, crammed with excess and disinterest (à la Money), before giving way to post-modern despair and far-reaching instability (see London Fields). To pose the question of whether Amis is a great writer, as Richard …

Small Man In A Book (Rob Brydon)

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Rob Brydon visited Guildford in December for a book signing. That’s right, the comic impresario came to a sleepy Home County to promote his life story.  But why am I telling you this?  Well, where he’s been and who he’s met is a crucial part of Small Man In A Book.  Because everyone who has had some sort of prolonged …