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Hourglass or Penny-Farthing?

Christopher Tayler: Damon Galgut, 31 July 2014

Arctic Summer 
by Damon Galgut.
Atlantic, 357 pp., £17.99, May 2014, 978 0 85789 718 3
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... helpful if Forster had been eaten up by bitterness or destroyed by his thwarted creative energies. Damon Galgut’s bio-fictional portrait of the novelist is too scrupulous to assign him either fate, but the book isn’t written in a comic spirit and brings the curtain down before the later years, not hinting that Forster actually went on to have a pretty ...

Orificial Events

Adam Mars-Jones: ‘The Promise’, 4 November 2021

The Promise 
by Damon Galgut.
Chatto, 293 pp., £16.99, June, 978 1 78474 406 9
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... reader to decide which was the lower layer. (The last page might clinch it.) Twenty years later, Damon Galgut’s The Promise has followed this trajectory, with a Booker-shortlisted family narrative that’s also in two minds about its status as a document of historic social change.There’s certainly an element of chronicle in the book, a notation of ...

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