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A good clutch of books this morning ... Canongate have sent Anne Donovan's book of short stories Hieroglyphics ... short story collections don't sell reputedly - and I must admit I never buy them (give me a novel every time) - but this is a fine looking collection ("often writ[ten] in a vibrant Glaswegian vernacular") and if it lives up to Buddha Da (this collection was initially published before her 2003 Orange Prize short-listed novel) then it should be very well received. I'm looking forward to indulging in what, for me, is a short story collection's greatest gift - dipping in.
The Chomsky Quartet was sent through by Pluto Press - thanks Nic - and also the The Road to Al-Qaeda. Additionally Ben Fine and Alfredo Saad-Filho's Marx's Capital - lovely new format and Fourth Edition of this (and in its field it can genuinely be called this) classic exegesis and explanation of Marx's BIG book ...
Little Brown sent a curiousity: Peter Lamont's The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick
I sent my review of Keith Harrison's Changes - New & Collected Poems 1962-2002 through to PN Review. Changes was ok: Harrison's a hippy beat, I suppose. It has some nice lines but I won't be strongly recommending it ...

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