Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PAPERBACKS William Leith

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PAPERBACKS William Leith

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Byline: William Leith

HAG-SEED by Margaret Atwood (Vintage, PS8.99) ANOTHER famous novelist reworks a play by Shakespeare. This one is cleverly done. In The Tempest, a man who's been wronged plots his revenge by setting a complicated plan in motion. He's called Prospero. In this version, our hero, Felix, is trying to direct a production of The Tempest in modern-day Canada when he, too, is wronged; his production is nixed. But like Prospero, Felix plots his revenge by setting a complicated plan in motion. How? By directing another version of The Tempest -- this time in a prison. Very complex, like a set of Russian dolls. But it works amazingly well.

THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER by Vanessa Ronan (Penguin, PS7.99) WE'RE in the middle of summer, in the middle of nowhere, in Texas. A world of spitting and big hats. Lizzie lives in a farmhouse with her daughters Katie and Joanne. Their father, Bobby, has long since gone because of a terrible thing that happened years ago. …

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