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The sound of si­lence – both a clas­sic Paul Si­mon tune and the re­sponse would-be bi­og­ra­phers re­ceived when pitch­ing their ser­vices to pen the 76-yearold soon-to-be-re­tired trou­ba­dour’s life story. That is, un­til cel­e­brated rock jour­nal­ist and au­thor Robert Hil­burn came along, in­ter- view­ing Si­mon’s con­fi­dants and peers – as well as the artist him­self – for Paul Si­mon: The Life. Mean­while, famed hu­morist David Sedaris, 61, chan­nels his feel­ings about ag­ing in chap­ter head­ings like “Still Stand­ing” and “And While You’re Up There, Check on My Prostate” for his lat­est es­say col­lec­tion Ca­lypso, which ex­pounds on life, loss and grow­ing older. Award-win­ning The English Pa­tient nov­el­ist Michael On­daatje re­turns to the shadow of the Sec­ond World War in Warlight, about two sib­lings un­cov­er­ing their par­ents’ secrets in post-war Lon­don. Natalie Mor­rill’s cel­e­brated de­but, The Ghost Keeper, ex- plores how one Aus­trian man’s life is up­rooted by the rise of the Nazi party, while John Con­nolly’s novel He trans­ports read­ers back to Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age, recre­at­ing the lives and bond shared by two gifted per­form­ers who, once united, made cinema his­tory as the duo known as Lau­rel and Hardy.

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