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The month in books

From the history of the Royal Mail to existentialist Tom and Jerry, Fatema Ahmed selects November’s highlights

By Fatema Ahmed   188

Until I started university, I would read every book (of fiction, anyway) twice. It meant that you could race through a work the first time for plot, whilst being a more leisurely, attentive reader the second time round. I stopped doing this when I read that Virginia Woolf did the same thing (perhaps I didn’t want anyone to think that I was being a copycat).

The American academic Patricia Meyer Spacks has written a whole book about what it means to read a book more than once. On Rereading (Harvard University Press, £19.95) is an absorbing, detailed account of books…

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