Author Advent 24: R.N. Morris

"I would pick Jim Crace's BEING DEAD. It's actually been out for ten years but I've only just got round to reading it! (It is a bit more up to date than my usual reading, which is Victorian era!) The writing is simply superb. The structure is very intriguing. And the subject matter highly original. Despite the almost scientific focus of the observations of what happens to the two central (dead) characters, there is an amazing lyricism to the writing. It's also a book with great heart. Everything is in the backstory, as Joseph and Celice begin the book dead. But as we learn about how they met and their subsequent marriage, and more directly the days leading up to their murder, they truly come alive in Crace's brilliantly imagined portrayal. It's part crime story, part poetic reflection on life and death, and I don't think I've ever read another book quite like it."

R.N. Morris
A Vengeful Longing

Each day until December 24th an author featured at TVFH over the last few years tells us of their favourite read of 2009 in our Author Advent. You'll have to provide your own chocolates and there's no little door to open, but you could try placing your hand over your eyes and then removing it again. Authors include the likes of Julian Barnes, Iain Banks, Paul Torday, Patrick Gale and Marina Lewycka. And for those of you who like lists, we'll list them all on December 29th.

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