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Mad and furious in London
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Mad and furious in London

Guy Gunaratne’s debut novel has five narrators: three youths born in London and two of their immigrant parents. It bristles with urban angst and sad/bitter memories of an older generation.   Sean Sheehan   The story kicks off with Selvon, an amateur athlete who doesn’t live on the Stones Estate […]

The better angels of our nature?
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The better angels of our nature?

Is violence decreasing worldwide? This is the question addressed by Steven Pinker (professor of psychology, Harvard), to which he answers a resounding, albeit qualified, 800 page ‘Yes!’   Nigel Pocock   For hundreds of years violence has been dropping, even if there are huge spikes in the downward graph caused […]

Building a crime novel
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Building a crime novel

Crime novels possess an architecture, its form partly defines the genre, and if such books were bridges structural engineers would assess their load bearing and frame systems.   Sean Sheehan   Structures with minimal forces bearing down on them, they would quickly see, do not need heavy columns, deep foundations […]