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Adam Mars-Jones: On Samantha Harvey, 8 February 2024

by Samantha Harvey.
Jonathan Cape, 136 pp., £14.99, November 2023, 978 1 78733 434 2
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... incident. People walk and talk, drink and think, but what happens in the book is … Ulysses. Samantha Harvey’s rich new novel, Orbital, turns the world-in-a-day idea around, playing with both its key terms. All the book’s action, or (less urgent word) activity, takes place on the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth. The two ...

Immortally Cute

Rebecca Mead: Alice Sebold, 17 October 2002

The Lovely Bones 
by Alice Sebold.
Picador, 328 pp., £12.99, September 2002, 0 330 48537 7
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... 1973, ‘back when people believed things like that didn’t happen’. The murderer is Mr Harvey, a loner neighbour who discusses fertilisers with Susie’s father and whose border flowers draw the admiration of her mother. Mr Harvey has left a trail of dead girls behind him as he moves from one anonymous suburb to ...

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