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Tim Parks brilliantly skewers the pieties of the literary world

Tim Parks brilliantly skewers the pieties of the literary world. © Alex Macnaughton/REX

Where I’m Reading From: the Changing World of Books, by Tim Parks (Harvill Secker, £12.99)

Tim Parks appears to possess the ideal sensibility for discussing the state of contemporary literature: he spurns authorial pretension, yet also takes books seriously. Originally published in the New York Review of Books, the 37 essays in Where I’m Reading From still manage to coalesce into a worldview. First,…

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