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Kindred Spirits

Chloe Hooper: To be Tasmanian, 18 August 2005

In Tasmania 
by Nicholas Shakespeare.
Harvill, 320 pp., £20, November 2004, 1 84343 157 2
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... passage: ‘Tasmanian discomfort’ with literary interlopers ‘became outright attack when Chloe Hooper’s A Child’s Book of True Crime hit the bookshelves . . . Hooper is not Tasmanian.’ Was there any point getting my mother to fax our family tree through to the campsite? When covering Tasmanian ...

Liquid Fiction

Thomas Jones: Francis Spufford, 25 April 2002

The Child that Books Built: A Memoir of Childhood and Reading 
by Francis Spufford.
Faber, 214 pp., £12.99, April 2002, 0 571 19132 0
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A Child’s Book of True Crime: A Novel 
by Chloe Hooper.
Cape, 238 pp., £12.99, February 2002, 0 224 06237 9
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... about it.’ Francis went off to university, and the rest is none of our business. Chloe Hooper’s first novel, A Child’s Book of True Crime, shares some of Spufford’s concerns, particularly those of ‘The Hole’: how do you cope when children’s books no longer do the things for you they once did? The narrator, Kate ...

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