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Books in brief: “A Field Guide to Reality” by Joanna Kavenna

'you could think Joanna Kavenna had written a campus satire'

By Peter Robins   August 2016

a-field-guide-to-realityA Field Guide to Reality by Joanna Kavenna (Faber & Faber, £14.99)

In an Oxford that is not quite the one we know, an elderly, widowed professor from a college that is not quite Magdalen befriends a waitress in the café of a museum that is not quite the Ashmolean. They talk about grief—she too is in mourning, for her father—and his life’s work, a book that he semi-seriously calls A Field Guide to Reality. When the professor, Solete, dies, the closest thing he leaves to a manuscript is a box inscribed to…

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