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Iain Pears is the author of the bestsellers An Instance of the Fingerpost, The Dream of Scipio, Stone’s Fall, and Arcadia, and a novella, The Portrait, as well as a series of acclaimed detective novels, a book of art history, and countless articles on artistic, financial and historical subjects. He lives in Oxford, England.
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IAIN PEARS’ Reading RecommedationsAlbert Camus’ THE FALL “The perfect novel; it squeezes more into a hundred pages than most manage in five times that length. A monologue which tells the life story of a French lawyer as he comes to turn with the absurdity of his existence and flees a respectable, successful life for the much-preferred squalor of Amsterdam. The characterisation is extraordinary, the evocation of sleazy Amsterdam bars surrounded in sea-fog is done with the deftest of touches.” ROBERTSON DAVIES’ : THE DEPTFORD TRILOGY“Davies had the remarkable ability to be funny without being frivolous, serious without being ponderous, and also to address grand themes through provincial, almost domestic settings. He was a brilliantly easy writer; his books are a joy to read. Deptford mixes the realistic and the mythical, the concrete and the absurd in a manner which he makes entirely natural. A long book without a false step in it, and one of the great novels of the last part of the 20th century.”MONTAIGNE’S ESSAYS“A book you can read in your teens and keep on reading until you die of old age, always finding something new and different. The musings of one of the wisest and most kindly of men, grappling with moral problems with insight and humanity and in a way which is fresh and thought-provoking after more than 400 years.”
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