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

Apr 26, 2016
45: Sleeping Giants

This week we hop lightly over the fence that divides the genres, landing with both feet in the rich, green grass of the science fiction field - watch our for that android cow-pat.

We're here to look at a debut from the Quebecois writer Sylvain Neuvel, entitled Sleeping Giants. It's a bit X-Files, a bit Kubrick, but a lot entertaining.

 

No celebrities died in the recording of this podcast (checks BBC.co.uk) but I see that someone called Pearl Mackie has become the new Doctor Who companion. That's nice.


Er. Where was I?

 

Oh yes: one more thing....


Apr 19, 2016
44. Nineteen Seventy-Four

Swearing.

Murder.

Yorkshire.

Moderate pretension.

You have been warned.

Apr 12, 2016
43. Bukowski on Cats

He's not read anything. Here's a feeble attempt to paper over this particular crack. I don't know. Tut. I'd ask for your money back if I was you.*

*But don't. I've already spent it.

Apr 5, 2016
42. Carol

Basically kicking myself that show #42 ISN'T a review of a Hitch-Hiker novel or something numerically appropriate. What sort of rank amateur am I, you might ask?

A really rank one, obvs. Now shut up and listen.

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