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I haven’t read anything like this book for years.

Although popular and now made into a film, it had completely passed me by, perhaps because of my taste for history, subtlety and domesticity; The Road is as far removed from that as can possibly be. It is a dystopian view of a post-holocaust world, raw and gut-wrenching, written in striking prose.

Secular Shelf Life Sarah Allen

By Cormac McCarthy
Picador. 256 pages. £7.99
ISBN 978 0 330 468 466