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Imagining Detroit

Benjamin Markovits follows Charles Dickens and Tom Wolfe in creating a vividly real urban backdrop against which a fine, provocative story can be told

By Elizabeth Day   July 2015

You Don’t Have to Live Like This by Benjamin Markovits (£14.99, Faber & Faber)

Benjamin Markovits has pulled off the trick of writing a city novel in which the city itself does not initially exist. You Don’t Have to Live Like This opens with his disaffected protagonist Greg Marnier searching for greater meaning after 10 years in middle-ranking academia. At a college reunion, Marnier is offered a…

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