Tigers, Dragons and Whales

Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch   Long-listed for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, Jamrach's Menagerie is an absorbing story, a sort of cross between The Life of Pi and The Ancient Mariner. [at any rate it has a tiger and a cursed ship.] Jaffy Brown is eight years old. He runs away from Bermondsey with …

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Death in Venice

by Thomas Mann A Review 'Cases of recovery were rare; eighty out of a hundred of those infected died, and in a horrid way, for the disease struck with savagery and often presented itself as the most severe "dry form".' Usually regarded by scholars and critics as a novella, Death in Venice has the characteristics …

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