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John Hanlon, prince of polymaths, has been producing his clever, tasty stories for many years now, delighting those fortunate to have come across them in their various media. They are what Roald Dahl might have written if Dahl hadn’t bent his stories to nasty ends. Hanlon has the same knack for a twist but without the underlying malevolence. The stories do have one unsettling quality, though – for all their surprising twist and turns, they also seem all too plausible.

Paul Little

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