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By the Book: Kate Atkinson

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THE AUTHOR OF THE FORTHCOMING NOVEL ‘TRANSCRIPTION’ RECOILS AT THE IDEA OF A LITERARY DINNER PARTY: ‘I WOULD NEVER INVITE WRITERS. THEY’RE SO COMPETITIVE.’

Q: What books are on your nightstand?

A: “The Silence of the Girls,” by Pat Barker, which I’ve just finished. A very good, very raw rendition of the Trojan War from the point of view of the women.

“Circe,” by Madeline Miller, which I’ve just started and which in some ways seems like quite a good companion to the Barker.

A new book, “Operation Columba: The Secret Pigeon Service,” by Gordon Corera.

And an old book, “Evidence in Camera,”

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