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Books in brief:

  • Losing Gemma by Katy Gardner. The story of two friends travelling in India, told in flashback to explain why beautiful Esther feels responsible for underdog Gemma’s death. The vivid writing saves this occasionally cliched story and its improbable ending.
  • The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty. Hilarious, odd, and literately street savvy. Gunnar Kaufman is the privileged black misfit in his gritty urban neighbourhood, who becomes a basketball star and reluctant messiah of “his people.” For a white girl from Canada, it was like entering a whole new world.
“In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.”
Oscar Wilde