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Adam Mars-Jones is a lively critic, who usually makes sensible judgments. But he momentarily took leave of his senses in his review of Adam Thorpe’s new novel, Between Each Breath, in yesterday’s Observer. Mars-Jones criticised the novel on the grounds that it has an ecological theme. “It’s surprisingly hard to bring green issues into fiction,” he wrote. Fair enough, perhaps. But his next move was truly bizarre: “For one thing, a book isn’t in itself a planet-friendly object, requiring all sorts of materials and processes. Very few British books include recycled paper, and this doesn’t seem to be one of…

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