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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: May, 2016

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

May 31, 2016
50: Trigger Mortis

This week we're going Bond-mental so join us to see if TV scriptwriter-turned YA action powerhouse Anthony Horowitz can possibly take a seat at the table with Faulks, Deaver, Boyd and Fleming.

May 24, 2016
49: The Deeper Meaning of Liff

Revisiting my favourite book from Douglas Adams (and John Lloyd). Place names are given hilarious definitions. You know the one. The little black one that lives in the downstairs toilet at your in-laws' house.

May 17, 2016
48: TV Go Home

In an unbelievably sweary episode we fondly recall the arrival of Charlton Brooker with a humour book which destroyed TV forever and led to me being physically removed from a bookshop.

WARNING: LANGUAGE.

And: Poo.

May 10, 2016
47. Zero K

A weird, sprawling, drunken meander through the alchorridors of a madman's brain-pan.

And some stuff about American Literary Heavyweight Don DeLillo.

Whither death? Find out in the new novel from DeLillo. It's an austere, delicate, fragile beauty.

 

May 3, 2016
46. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer

"It's like sex and it takes time" - David Lynch.

Was he talking about Five Minute Fiction? No. But he could have been. 

He could have been.

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