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ECHO'S BONES by Samuel Beckett Faber & Faber,PS20 (eBook PS12.99). Available now. "IT is a nightmare... it gives me the jim-jams." So wrote Charles Prentice, Samuel Beckett's editor, upon receipt of this singular work.

A triptych of surreal conversations between Belacqua Shuah, a dead man, and the people he encounters in a strange state of limbo, it is not the most accessible entry point for anyone new to Beckett's work, but for scholars and aficionados, it is a must.

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The President is about to order one of the riskiest missions in US history and he needs two of the CIA's most skilful agents. The target is in North Korea and the backlash could mean nuclear war.

RATING: 8/10 WHO IS TOM DITTO? by Danny Wallace Ebury Press, PS12.99 (eBook PS6.49). Available April 24 WHO is Tom Ditto? is the second novel from author, journalist, presenter and all round good egg, Danny Wallace.

Tom is the mildly depressive early morning newsreader of a local London radio station. So far, so innocuous.

Everything changes for our humdrum hero when he is suddenly abandoned by his long-term girlfriend who - despite appearances - insists she has not left him.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2014
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