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The Line of Beauty
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Alan Hollinghurst
 
Caleb Crain recently described this novel of the Thatcher era in The New Yorker as “one of the best to have been written in English in the past quarter century.” By way of supporting evidence, here is a line from the book featuring the young protagonist, Nick Guest, and the Lady herself: "There was the soft glare of the flash—twice—three times—a gleaming sense of occasion, the gleam floating in the eye as a blot of shadow, his heart running fast with no particular need of courage as he grinned and said, 'Prime Minister, would you like to dance?'"

Tim Glencross - 13/05/2014
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Great Expectations
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Charles Dickens
 
This is the Dickens I return to more than any other. Pip’s journey to maturity – the misunderstandings, betrayals, misplaced pride, friendships, heartbreaks and hubris – always makes my heart ache with fellow feeling.

Moira Young - 09/08/2012
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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Muriel Spark; Candia McWilliam
Muriel Spark’s character, Jean Brodie, is a teacher in nineteen-thirties Edinburgh. She is one of the great characters of Scottish literature.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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