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What I wish I hadn’t read…

By Tom Chatfield  

Glancing at the shortlist for the Orange prize today, a dull, slightly sickened sensation stole through me—a Monday-morning hangover of a feeling, tinged with the quiet despair of clasping an alarm-clock showing a time about two hours later than I’m supposed to be in work. I was having a flashback. I was remembering reading The Inheritance of Loss, by Kiran Desai.

Maybe I was just in the wrong mood. Maybe, recalling past Booker-winning delights like Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty or Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, I was cursed by over-high expectations. But I don’t think so. I strongly suspect…

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