Alex George was born in England but has lived in Columbia for the last 12 years. His most recent novel, A Good American, was a national and international bestseller, and his new book, Setting Free the Kites, will be published by Penguin in January 2017. In addition to writing, Alex also runs his own law firm and is the founder and creative director of the Unbound Book Festival.

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The Book that Changed My Life

A memory about a beautiful escape. About 25 years ago, I was on a coach that was traveling between Oxford, where I was a student, and London. The motorway between the two cities is a particularly unappealing stretch of road called the M40. It is flat, straight, bleak. Urban sprawl morphs into bland suburbia and […]

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Love Your Library

  I have a beautiful framed picture on my desk. The image is a silhouette of an open book whose pages have been drawn with feathers to look like the wings of a bird. Next to the picture is a quotation from Jorge Luis Borges, which reads, “I have always imagined paradise will be a […]

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Unbound Enthusiasm

  Over the course of a perfect weekend at the end of April, the first chapter of Columbia’s newest arts festival, the Unbound Book Festival, unfolded. Like all good openings, there were twists and turns, drama, laughter and heroes galore. Happily, there wasn’t a villain in sight, but there were many, many happy readers (and […]

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Beach Reads

  Every year, the columns of magazines and newspapers and the airwaves of NPR stations across the country are filled with suggestions for “Summer Reading”. There’s an inherent assumption in all these pieces that I’ve never understood, which is that “summer reading” is different from fall or winter reading – it’s lighter, and less demanding. […]

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On Rereading

Regular readers of this column know that I have a pretty desperate problem with inventory management when it comes to books. Right now I have enough unread novels on my shelves to last me at least a couple of years and yet still I continue to buy more. Thousands of new books are published every […]

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