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March's selection includes the finest American and Indian non-fiction, as well as a surprising number of horses and vampires

By Paul Laity   March 2013

John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead, published in Britain last year, was a genuine cause for celebration; a joyous, funny collection of essays about American culture pitched just right and with a virtuosity and intelligence that most novelists can only dream of. Such has been the fuss over Pulphead that one of Sullivan’s earlier works, Blood Horses (Yellow Jersey, £12.99), is now being published in the UK. In part the book is a touching memoir of Sullivan’s relationship with his dead father, who loved and wrote about horse racing, especially the Kentucky Derby. Sullivan investigates this world, talking to breeders and jockeys,…

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