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Mat Osman's Favourite Novels

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Mat Osman

Mat Osman came to the Bath bookshop for an event for his debut novel The Ruins. He was kind enough to tell us about some of his favourite books while he was there.

Mat Osman is the bassist and founding member of the iconic British Rock band Suede. With echoes of PerformanceThe Talented Mr Ripley and Mulholland DriveThe Ruins delves into the dark heart of fame: magic, music and murder. It's also tremendously funny.

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Skippy Dies

Paul Murray, paperback


Simply wonderful - large but not epic in scope; tragic but not doom-laden; and above all funny this coming-of-age novel is a masterpiece.

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The Flamethrowers

Rachel Kushner, paperback


"Rachel Kushner's The Flamethrowers is really something spectacular. Forensically detailed but with a broad sweep. And characters who live on in your head."

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Invisible Circus

Jennifer Egan, paperback


In Jennifer Egan's edgy and beautiful debut novel The Invisible Circus the political drama of the 1960s is the backdrop for the world of eighteen-year old Phoebe.