Nicholas Cage in Spike Jonze’s 2002 film “Adaptation”.
Is it possible to make a good film about writing?
By Oliver Farry - 05 May 12:21

Too often, films are very inarticulate when talking about books. 

A graveyard. Photo: Public domain pictures
If the dead could talk, what would they say? The Dirty Dust gives voice to the buried
By Roy Foster - 30 April 14:10

Alan Titley's translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille brings us a novel entirely in dialogue - and set in a graveyard.

Uneasy lies the head: a self-portrait by Bruno Schulz from The Booke of Idolatry (1920-22).
A protest against reality: the life and afterlife of Bruno Schulz
By Chris Power - 30 April 12:50

He influenced writers from Salman Rushdie to Danilo Kiš - now a new novel by Maxim Biller takes us deep into the legend of the Polish-Jewish novelist.

Dame Agatha Christie. Photo: AFP
Clever novelists know how to write a story. It’s the clever-clever ones who don’t
By Ed Smith - 30 April 12:07

Modernism's legacy seems to dominate refined taste - but you can't underestimate the power of a great story.

Blue Labour. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty, colour cast New Statesman
How to win the future: why Blue Labour is the way forward
By Phillip Blond - 29 April 9:21

In a world so highly individualised, what we need is a cultural rather than an economic politics.

Civil savages? Rachel Caine’s “god of all dogs”. Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Where the wild things are: fiction that proves we're closer to nature than we think
By Erica Wagner - 29 April 8:00

Melissa Harrison's At Hawthorn Time and Sarah Hall's The Wolf Border take us to the brink of the anthropocene.

Life after death: survivors of the genocide from Sivas, central Turkey, gather in the southern Turkish city of Aintab (now Gaziantep), 1919. Photo: BRIDGEMAN IMAGES
There is no us and them: remembering the lost Armenians
By Elif Shafak - 27 April 12:30

Perhaps the most difficult word to pronounce aloud in the Turkish language is “soykirim” – genocide.

A four-day-old baby in a hospital ward. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
In After Birth, Elisa Albert is putting the feminist action back into motherhood
By Glosswitch - 24 April 14:56

Knowing, understanding and speaking about birth and its aftermath are clearly as important as the political narrative that surrounds it. In her novel After Birth, Elisa Albert seeks to do just that.

Voice of experience: Toni Morrison in 1977. Photo: REX
Lionel Shriver: Toni Morrison picked the wrong subject in God Help the Child
By Lionel Shriver - 23 April 17:29

Toni Morrison has plenty of laurels on which to rest - and this new novel isn't terrible. But given the choice, I'd read Beloved anyday.

The gunpowder works. Original source unknown.
Tracing the aftershocks: the explosion in Kent that was felt in East Anglia
By Colm McAuliffe - 23 April 14:14

The story of an obscure munitions disaster during the First World War meets a fragile form of biography.

No easy way: Dusty Springfield performing in 1965. Photo: Dezo Hoffmann/Rex
Good vibrations: Tracey Thorn’s new book crushes our ideas about what makes a good singer
By Jude Rogers - 23 April 12:44

Naked at the Albert Hall is a history of singing that hums with freshness and passion.

Sitting comfortably? Ed in 2010. Photo: Paul Stuart.
Ed Miliband has had mixed results as an opposition leader – but he might shine as prime minister
By Anthony Seldon - 23 April 10:47

A new book by Tim Bale takes us as close as possible to understanding the awkward enigma that is Ed.

Big fish: a Hackney market trader. Photo: Ridley Rd Portrait Project, © Kate Peters
What do you do? From financiers to fishmongers, a new book shows Britain at work
By Joe Moran - 23 April 10:45

Work is now something we are supposed to be "passionate" about. But Joanna Biggs' portraits of the British workforce show that cant and hypocrisy are as resilient as ever.

Cruel intentions: Hitchcock in London during the filming of Frenzy (1972). Photo: Rex
The fat man walks alone: how Hitchcock the ham became film's greatest artist
By Leo Robson - 23 April 7:43

Today, Hitchcock is reverred for his contribution to cinema. But his reputation as a "serious" director came late, as new biographies from Michael Wood and Peter Ackroyd reveal.

Stork fetish: our cultures encourage us to believe that the breeding instinct is universal. Photo: Bridgeman Images
Caught in the parent trap: the fierce social politics of not having children
By Rachel Cooke - 16 April 17:01

Why don't I have children? The answer is simple: I never reached the point where I wanted them.

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We are stardust: the restrained elegance of Clive James's Sentenced to Life
By John Burnside - 16 April 17:01

"The world you quit / Is staying here, so say goodbye to it."

Prince Charles with his father at the Badminton Horse Trials in April 1965. Photo: Ray Bellisario/Popperfoto/Getty
Beyond the call of duty: the Prince Charles problem
By Richard J Evans - 16 April 16:55

Charles seems unable to keep his mouth shut on political issues.

A detail of Otto Dix's portrait of the psychiatrist Dr Heinrich Stadelmann (1922) Picture: Art Gallery of Ontario/Bridgeman Images
Walking wounded: our often barbaric struggle to cure mental illness
By John Gray - 16 April 16:35

Insanity was "a disease of civilisation".

George R R Martin, a previous Hugo Award winner, has spoken out against this “nasty, nasty fight”. Photo: Getty
How the Hugo Awards got very own GamerGate
By Elizabeth Minkel - 16 April 15:55

The Hugo Awards, the influential prize for science fiction and fantasy writing, have been hijacked by a group resistant to the way the shortlists are becoming more progressive and diverse.

Larkin outside the University of Hull in 1979. Photo: Jane Bown/Topfoto
From the archive: Philip Larkin on the voices of poets
By Philip Larkin - 16 April 14:03

All my antiquarian rage boils at the thought that nobody thought to record Hardy.

The big, bad apple: New York’s Queensboro Bridge, linking Manhattan and Queens. Photo: MOMENT
In Atticus Lish’s sweeping novel of 21st-century New York, even love seems pointless
By Olivia Laing - 08 April 10:10

Preperation for the Next Life is remarkably well-researched, but doesn't forget the profound intimacy of life on the margins.

Soap opera yarn-spinner: Vargas Llosa. Photo: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Mario Vargas Llosao confuses porny, blockbuster daydreams with intricacy
By Leo Robson - 08 April 9:10

Repeitition is the default mode in The Discreet Hero - an abberation in Llosa's career which confuses quantity with literary quality.

A girl wears a fine dress from an earlier era.
The Spitalfields Nippers show the East End before the welfare state
By The Gentle Author - 02 April 15:49

Horace Warner's photographs of the Spitalfields Nippers shows what happened to some of society's most vulnerable - and reminds us of the value we must place on their protection.

Song of songs: a 19th-century illustration of a nightingale from an engraving by Kronheim. Photo: Private Collection/Look and Learn/Bridgeman Images
Helen Macdonald: Our springs grow emptier as the birdsong falls silent
By Helen Macdonald - 02 April 15:22

Every year, the hedgerows are quieter. The author of H is for Hawk mourns the loss of the spring birds – and issues a warning for the future.

Presumed innocent: Carroll with the children of his friend the author George MacDonald, 1860s. Photo: Lewis Carroll/Getty Images
Lewis Carroll and his “child-friends”: revelations about Alice and her wonderland
By Lyndall Gordon - 02 April 14:52

New studies by Edward Wakeling and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uncover the story of one of literature's most debated men.

Heroes of the Dardanelles: wounded Australian and British troops on their way to a hospital ship, August 1915
At the centenary of Gallipoli, Germaine Greer interrogates the myth of Australian nationhood
By Germaine Greer - 02 April 14:00

Was Australia born on the battlefield? 100 years after Gallipoli, the accepted narrative seems further than ever from reality.

How can a memoir convey the damage done by eating disorders, without passing it on?
By Glosswitch - 31 March 9:06

Nancy Tucker’s eating disorder memoir, The Time In Between, tackles this problem head-on.

Herdwick and Swaledale sheep roam the hills in spring. Photo: Ashley Cooper/Rex
James Rebanks: “Shepherding is beautiful and interesting. It’s a dignified and decent way to live”
By Caroline Crampton - 30 March 12:36

Caroline Crampton spends the day with James Rebanks, Twitter’s best-known shepherd and author of The Shepherds Life, and learns how he’s updating the centuries-old sheep-farming traditions of the Lake District for the modern day.

Grin and bear it: the Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, in Essex in February 2015. Photo: PETER MACDIARMID/GETTY IMAGES
Planes, pains and automobiles: the memoir-manifestos by Caroline Lucas and Nigel Farage
By Ann Treneman - 27 March 14:37

New autobiographies by Nigel Farage and Caroline Lucas get a kick out of calling themselves "outsiders". The truth? They want your votes.

Hegel, in a 19th century portrait. Image: WikiCommons
Slavoj Žižek: A modest rejoinder
By Slavoj Zizek - 27 March 14:24

“Although I am far from a well-meaning liberal, I simply cannot recognise myself in the lunatic-destructive figure described by Cohen.”

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