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Ringing in 2019 With Novels Old and New

Ringing in 2019 With Novels Old and New

Fireworks, the flash of sequins, champagne, loud parties, forced bonhomie: If the thought of going out on New Year’s makes you cringe, celebrate with one of these books instead.

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“Ugh. First day of new year has been day of horror. Cannot believe I am once again starting the year in a single bed in my parents’ house. … I wonder if they’ll smell it if I have a fag out of the window. Having skulked at home all day, hoping hangover would clear, I eventually gave up and set off for the Turkey Curry Buffet.”

— ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary,’ by Helen Fielding

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“A little green light flashed in his eye, signaling a right turn he had resolved never to make. He was resigned to it He was prepared for it. He had flipped a coin and stood staunchly by the results. This was a decided-upon suicide. In fact, it was a New Year’s resolution.”

— ‘White Teeth,’ by Zadie Smith

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“Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb of Buenos Aires, aged 25 years, 2 months and 12 days.”

— ‘The Children of Men,’ by P.D. James

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