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Book Review: 'Speaking with the Angel'

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This short-story collection edited by the author of High Fidelity boasts a litany of hip writers: Zadie Smith (White Teeth), Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting), and Dave Eggers among them. Like Bono’s campaign to reduce Third World debt — Hornby’s comparison — this book supports a worthy cause: the school Hornby’s autistic son attends. But there’s no need to buy this book for charity’s sake: Its quality is incentive enough. Standouts include Roddy Doyle’s ”The Slave” and playwright Patrick Marber’s ”Peter Shelley,” a perfect love story about a boy, a girl, and a Buzzcocks single told in the spirit of a punk song. A

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