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conjure up next. The end comes all too soon. leaving you gagging,” 5?}

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Singling Out The Doom Fox

Couples Iceberg Slim (Payback Press £5.99) ****

Stella Duffy (Sceptre £10) 111*

Though it may be akin to accusing Bret Easton Ellis of being a Wall Street serial killer, you can’t escape the hunch that Stella Duffy has been badly hurt somewhere down the relationship line. Her central character in Sing/mg Out The Coup/es is a metamorphosing fairy- demon intent on splitting up the most inseparable of couples. The fact that she is devoid of a beating heart makes the task that much easier. Problems begin when one starts to grow and pangs of guilt develop. Meanwhile, her fairy brother is dispatched from the land of milk and honey to prevent her from turning London into a couple-free zone. A sweet idea, but one which doesn’t quite deliver the pay-off which the early episodes leave you gasping for while her punnery and playful wordplay grates at times. Still, a feast for the lovelorn, vengeful and bitter out there. (80)

PAPERBAC KS The Actresses

Barbara Ewing (Warner Books £5.99) ir fir it

Is the strain of being 'kulchured‘ taking its toll? If so, sneak out and buy this a not-a-lot-of-explicit-bonking buster, set in thespian‘circles. A disparate bunch of actors and actresses converge for a drama school reunion and their varying degrees of success are dissected before a rape allegation shatters their illusions. Check out a terrific supporting cast - Viola, Benedict and, honest, Elvira. (SM)

My Golden Trades Ivan Klima (Granta £6.99) *‘k‘kir

Given the dearth of Czech authors in the nation's bookshops, Klima may well be the country's 'greatest living writer of fiction'. Flippancy aside, this is a moving sextet of stories in which the narrator - like Klima a banned writer recalls the diverse jobs he undertook in the name of survival and fulfilment. (SM)

Previously unpublished, Slim's final manuscript before his death has all the pace and punch of its six predecessors. Set in LA and returning to his trademark of gangsters, ghettos and life on the edge, Doom Fox follows three generations of men attempting to find an honourable place in the world against the dark draw of discrimination and criminality. (SM)

Great Apes Will Self (Penguin £6.99) *ir'k‘k

When artist Simon Dykes wakes up after a night on the razz, the world appears to have turned upside down. His babe girlfriend has inexplicably metamorphosed into a chimpanzee, as has everyone else. Simon's trawl through a (swinging?) London where humans are an endangered Species shows arch-stylist Self as being far wittier than Planet of the Apes, with a much bigger vocabulary to boot. (NC)


Doom Fox


Neil Cooper, Brian Donaldson, Thom Dibdin, Rodger Evans, Teddy Jamieson, Dawn Lindsey, Damien Love, Susan Mackenzie, Alastair Mabbott, Claire Prentice.