Reviewer: CG

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Books October 22, 2016

Time Travel

Time flies, time flows. Time is money. Time is like an arrow, a ladder, a river, a maze. Time marches on, time runs out, time is up. We waste it, we spend it, we kill it. Time is all we have. And if it didn’t exist, we’d have to invent it – then …

Books September 17, 2016

Fair Game

Scientology has been in and out of the news since its inception more than 60 years ago, thanks to tax rorts, allegations of espionage, excruciating celebrity supporters and the wacky ideas of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, who saw it as his mission to help …

Books August 27, 2016

The Cosmopolitans

Qayenaat floats on the edge of the contemporary art scene in Bangalore. In her early 50s, her own artistic ambitions long forgotten, she ekes out a living as an editor. Her name signifies “all of God’s creation”, or the world. Her father, a public …

Books August 20, 2016

Position Doubtful

While surveying the Tanami Desert in 1962 for a stock route, Kim Mahood’s father chanced upon a prominent sandstone hill – “the best landmark for thirty miles around”, as he later wrote. Yet the aeronautical map he was using labelled the hill …

Books July 30, 2016

Release the Bats

“I bet you could wallpaper the planet with books that never got to page two,” writes DBC Pierre. I’m not sure that’s such a bad thing, given how many books did but shouldn’t have bothered. At the same time, there are a lot of would-be writers …

Books July 09, 2016

Black Teeth

Jason Ginaff is a twentysomething hacker who does deep background checks on job candidates for corporations. In his spare time, he uses his skills to search for the father he never knew. Success brings trouble in the form of Rudy Alamein. Rudy’s father …

Books July 02, 2016

The Girls

Fourteen-year-old Evie first comes across the girls in a park in her home town of Petaluma, only about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco but which feels a million miles from excitement. It is the summer of 1969, and the hippie counterculture …

Books June 11, 2016

In the Darkroom

Susan Faludi (Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women) was tidying away files for a book she’d written on the subject of masculinity when she received an email from her long-estranged father. He’d titled it “Changes”. A …

Books May 07, 2016

Educated Youth

Educated Youth opens in Shanghai in the mid-to late 1980s, some 10 years after Mao’s death. Most of the 14 million zhiqing, “educated youth”, whom he condemned to indefinite rural exile during the Cultural Revolution, had made …