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Richard Lloyd Parry: Alex Garland

15 October 1998
The Beach 
by Alex Garland.
Penguin, 439 pp., £5.99, June 1997, 0 14 025841 8
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The Tesseract 
by Alex Garland.
Viking, 215 pp., £9.99, September 1998, 0 670 87016 1
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... Less than two years after the publication of AlexGarland’s first novel, The Beach, one of cinema’s most fashionable young directors (Danny Boyle) and its most adored male star (Leonardo Di Caprio) are about to make a film version of it, a remarkable ...

Surrealist Circus Animals

Ned Beauman: Jeff VanderMeer

16 August 2017
Borne 
by Jeff VanderMeer.
Fourth Estate, 323 pp., £12.99, June 2017, 978 0 00 815917 7
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... These three novels concern an eponymous government agency investigating a stretch of Florida coastline that has been annexed by some kind of supernatural force. (A film adaptation, directed by AlexGarland and starring Natalie Portman, is due for release next year.) Much of the critical discussion of the trilogy has presented it as an achievement in nature writing; a review on newyorker.com, for ...

Oque?

John Bayley

30 November 1995
Byrne 
by Anthony Burgess.
Hutchinson, 150 pp., £14.99, October 1995, 0 09 179204 5
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... could turn their hand to any form, and always combined learning with levity. Harvey’s own striking phrase about some of Spenser’s eccentric aspects as a poet – ‘Hobgoblin run away with the garland of Apollo’ – would give a good idea of the kinds of animation and variety that Burgess injected into everything he wrote. A Clockwork Orange, and its use of a Russian patois as a fashion among ...

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