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THE FOUNDLING by STACEY HALLS
ORANGES AND LEMONS by CHRISTOPHER FOWLER
WHEN I COME HOME AGAIN by CAROLINE SCOTT
BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020
A PRIVATE CATHEDRAL by JAMES LEE BURKE
James Lee Burke has reached a grand old age, but every new novel shows us that the light shines ever brighter, and his indignation at injustice, cruelty and corruption – expressed through the deeds of Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell – is still white hot. A Private Cathedral is a mesmerising showcase for the author’s poetic style, his awareness of the all-encompassing power of the Louisiana landscape, and his sense that history – the dead and their deeds – hasn’t gone anywhere, but is right there, hiding in the shadows. There is music – always music – to spark our senses and remind us that a three minute pop song can be just as potent a memory trigger as Proust’s Madeleines.