Tuesday January 21, 2020

An erudite love story in early 1980s England

Their Lips Talk of Mischief By Alan Warner Faber & Faber, €19 Reviewed by Sara Keating

21st January, 2015
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Alan Warner’s latest novel opens in the A&E waiting room of an East London hospital, where two men in their early 20s seek midnight refuge.

Douglas Cunningham is a Scot who has just been expelled from university, after spending his time in the pub rather than the library.

Llewellyn (Lou) Smith is a Welshman with literary pretensions. Strangers to each other, they bond over books: Walter Scott, Dylan Thomas, Samuel Richardson,...

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