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The Nearest Thing To Life


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The 'most influential critic of his generation' explains what makes him passionate about writing

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James Wood has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2007. In 2009, he won the National Magazine Award for reviews and criticism. He was the chief literary critic at the Guardian from 1992 to 1995, and a book critic at the New Republic from 1995 to 2007. He has published a number of books with Cape, including How Fiction Works, which has been translated into thirteen languages.


The Nearest Thing to Life...[proves] that whether in short form or long, printed or spoken word, Wood is a voice worth listening to. -- Malcolm Forbes * National *
The Nearest Thing to Life is excellent: both insightful and sensible, a rare enough combination in criticism. Wood's own noticings are as sharp as ever. -- Theo Tait * Sunday Times *
Brief but fascinating discourse. -- Max Liu * Independent *
[Has] an elegant lightness of touch... [A] slim, appealingly modest collection. -- Matilda Bathurst * Country Life *
[A] short but lovely volume. -- Laurence Scott * Financial Times *

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