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Leith on Life: Better than literature?

"Because it's like literature, just not what we think of as literary literature."

By Sam Leith   August 2016

lee-child-books-web Call it a reaction-formation. Having spent much of the last year judging a literary prize—a process that gave me stress-related psoriasis—I’ve found myself drawn ever more to the position of Kingsley Amis. As he got on in years, Amis said that he could less and less see the point of reading any book that did not begin with the words “A shot rang out…”

So it is that, at least to begin with accidentally, I spent a month or two reading Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. I read the latest one,…

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