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  1. Big cats and the bigger questions

    Posted Oct 09th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... A 1997 visit to a national park in Zambia inspired Li Quan, a Beijing-born marketing executive, to approach China's Forestry Commission with an offer to join the fight to save the Siberian tiger. The commission told her if she really wanted to help, ...

  2. Muriel Spark

    Posted Sep 28th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'Druce . .. came towards her with a corkscrew and stabbed it into her long neck nine times, and killed her. Then he took his hat and went home to his wife' Muriel Spark, The Ballad Of Peckham Rye The ice queen of English literature, Muriel Spark ...

  3. Millennium People

    Posted Sep 21st 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... Millennium People by J.G. Ballard Flamingo Imagine a revolution performed not by the proletariat but educated professionals with an appetite for incendiary violence. Suburban Semtex is the premise for Millennium People, the latest from British novelist J. ...

  4. John Fowles

    Posted Sep 14th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'I realised that I was having to struggle not to be nice to him. Because I felt I must talk to someone. Even him. At least he was a human being.' The prisoner contemplating her captor in John Fowles' The Collector Life: John Fowles 'is ...

  5. Julian Barnes

    Posted Aug 31st 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'Put it this way: Noah was pretty bad, but you should have seen the others. It came as little surprise to us that God decided to wipe the slate clean; the only puzzle was that he chose to preserve anything at all of this species whose creation did no ...

  6. Poised for fame

    Posted Aug 31st 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... A POISED, TRIM figure, Diane Wei Liang sips Pimms in the corner of a white neo-classical restaurant in Kensington Gardens. The London-based author, 37, looks more like the kind of woman who throws garden parties than Molotov cocktails. But Wei did, albeit ...

  7. Ulster haunted by lingering scars of Omagh horror

    Posted Aug 15th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... In summer 1998, a 200kg bomb rocked the sleepy Irish market town of Omagh. The incident, the worst in the history of 'the Troubles', killed 29 people and injured 473. The carnage had such an effect that, during the inquest, even the coroner, the ...

  8. Michael Ondaatje

    Posted Aug 10th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'She looked up at the young men. These were students who had not yet graduated, young enough to be appalled. It was the freshness of the body. It was still someone.' Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost Life: Ask the average writer what he or she ...

  9. Saul Bellow

    Posted Jul 13th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'I'd trade the prize for a beautiful house on a tropical island somewhere. Then I could be away from all the people demanding interviews.' - Saul Bellow on winning the Nobel Prize, in a 1989 Boston Globe article. Life: His Olympian reputati ...

  10. Toni Morrison

    Posted Jul 06th 2003, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... 'Lipsticks in soft white hands darted out of their sheaths like the shiny red penises of puppies. Peachy powders and milky lotions were grouped in front of poster after cardboard poster of gorgeous grinning faces. Faces in ecstasy. Faces somber with ...




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