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January 17, 2013

Philip Roth picks his best novels

SabbathSettled into retirement, the author names his favourites from a half-century career

By Alison Flood

Any Philip Roth fans hoping that the celebrated American author might change his mind about his retirement from the world of letters, announced in November, look likely to be frustrated: Roth is thoroughly enjoying his life of leisure.

Speaking earlier this week, the novelist said that retirement was “great so far”, adding that after working every day of the week during a literary career that ran from 1959 to 2010, he is now taking things a little easier. “I wake up in the morning, get a big glass of orange juice and read for an hour-and-a-half. I’ve never done that in my life,” he said.

Roth was speaking at a Television Critics Association panel for a programme about his life due to air in March, and attended by journalists including David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times and Tim Molloy of The Wrap.

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