Childhood memoir fails to hold attention

The Life Of Hunger, by Amelie Nothomb, Faber, €14.70.

12th August, 2006

The Life Of Hunger, by Amelie Nothomb, Faber, €14.70.

Belgian writer Amelie Nothomb draws on her own life in each and every one of her novels - this one being no exception.

For most people, the autobiographical well ought to dry up after 15 published books - and that’s not including some 50-plus volumes Nothomb claims to have written that remain unpublished - but then, most people haven’t lived lives like Nothomb’s, nor are many...

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