Posted on 15th October 2013

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Intermission

Owen Martell’s Intermission is a quiet and delicately-rendered meditation on grief set during another great American jazz age. Taking place in New York in the summer of 1961, immediately after the fatal accident of twenty-five-year old bassist Scott LaFaro, the novel imagines its emotional aftermath on musician Bill Evans and his family. In real life, Evans had…

Posted on 14th May 2011

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Disputed Land

There is nothing remotely original about Tim Pears’s latest novel, Disputed Land. It’s a domestic drama in which an extended family comes together at Christmas in order to bicker, fight and explore love in a variety of ways. Absolutely familiar, then, but also immensely engaging and thoughtful in ways that reach well beyond the proverbial…