Michael Irwin, 30 March 1989
Show More Have the men had enough? by Margaret Forster.
Chatto, 251 pp., £12.95, March 1989, 0 7011 3400 3Show More
Aurora’s Motive by Erich Hackl, translated by Edna McCown.
Cape, 117 pp., £10.95, March 1989, 0 224 02584 8Show More
The Open Door by Alan Sillitoe.
Grafton, 358 pp., £11.95, February 1989, 0 246 13422 4Show More
“... Fiction derives from facts as paper derives from trees, but in either case the transformation can be left incomplete. While many a novel of the past twenty years or so has hinted or advertised its fictionality, others have asserted in various ways their entanglement with real life. The three works to be discussed here are of this latter kind, fibrous with circumstance ...”