Finish review of Bela Zsolt's astonishing Holocaust memoir (and memoir of his time as a Jewish forced labourer working for the Germans with their then (1942) Hungarian allies). Published by Jonathon Cape Nine Suitcases is out in January.
So, Lord of the Rings unsurprisingly won the BBC's Big Read - unsurprisingly because, surely, all that advertising for the (third part of the astonishingly dull) film acted as additional advertising for the book: in a weird sense the book becomes part of the film's merchandise. I thought Pride and Prejudice would win - and, from the top 21 cited, I thought it should win: its one of the most important novels ever written and, whilst it is not my favourite (if we are going to involve ourselves in that kind of thing give me Middlemarch (in a certain sense a commentary on Austen) any day) it is a key text in the establishment of the novel form ...

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