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Five Minute Fiction

Learn everything you need to know about a new book each week without even having to bother reading it. Ex-bookseller, publisher and writer Iain Martin leads you through the terrifying world of contemporary fiction from deep within the imposing Bookface Tower.
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Now displaying: January, 2016

Books. We've all read them, but are they any good?

Jan 26, 2016
32. Slade House

SPOILER ALERT: I did not warm to David Mitchell's new novella about soul vampires, orisons, operandae, lacunas and related gubbins. On the other hand, coming up in this week's show we have a new presenter of The Spoken Word and a clear victory for Waterstone's in "Algorithm of the Night". So, onwards and upwards. 


Just step over that dead body, there...

 

Jan 19, 2016
31. The Madwoman Upstairs

This week's episode looks at a debut novel from a new writer and, we suspect - Bronte scholar - Catherine Lowell.

 

There are no plugs for my SF Kindle series Winterhill which is having a great week.

 

We also feature a legal stalemate and the author of all our ills, alcoholic actor Bryce D'Abo, cackles and jeers at us, from his new job presenting the Shipping Forecast.

It's a strange world.

Jan 12, 2016
30. The North Water

In something of a shock for a so-called quiet month, we're confronted with one of the strongest and most genuinely exciting books I can remember getting my grubby little protuberances on in quite a long time. To celebrate, our tame robot KAR3N picks a bad time to have a bath and for the second time we compare the recommendation algorithms of Amazon and Waterstones.com. So come and pop my latest nonsense on your iPotato and let's talk about some books. Oh go on. 

Jan 5, 2016
29. Mothering Sunday

Let's kick off 2016 with a really good, short, delicate but excellent novel from the pen of an established master. And I'm not talking about Michelle Gomez.

Following swiftly on from this, the to-read pile is fulsome and furious so it's all hands to the pumps. By which I mean books. Luckily KAR3N is here to help with our free audiobook segment The Spoken Word, and in the background there's the soothing sounds of Radio Four. 

What's the worst that could happen?

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