This novel about the 1992 Los Angeles riots holds itself to a standard of verisimilitude – of the raw, unvarnished, authentic – that is is deeply immersive and deathly dull.
If sex in the past – in the sense of what people did to each other, in or out of bed – is notoriously hard to pin down, the larger history of sexuality and society is most rewarding.
This very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography illuminates not just Federer’s place in tennis history but also the way in which the author converted his psychological problems into sporting fandom.
When is it better to die than live?
In the first episode of the NS's new pop culture podcast, we discuss Grey by E L James, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, and why One Direction is actually the saddest music you will ever hear.
J K Rowling announced on Twitter this morning that she will co-write a new Harry Potter stage play.
John Leigh's Touché: the Duel in Literature wears its learning lightly.
The new Penguin Book of Russian Poetry has surprises to offer.
Where is the equivalent to Hilton on the left? We have not even touched on the questions of human fulfilment, power and radical democracy that are offered up by modern technological change.
As US influence wanes, a new world is emerging.
Regardless of its critics, drone warfare is here to stay.
A “cast of two-dimensional, middle-class bores” prevent this debut novel becoming the “Vanity Fair for our times” that it promises.
The classic Great Depression rags-to-riches story of how the enduringly popular board game came to be invented isn’t quite as simple as it seems.
The company will pay self-published authors on its lending services per page from next month.
Accounts of The Jam, the Grateful Dead, Alice Cooper and Belle and Sebastian come from the back.
Seiobo There Below, translated by Ottilie Mulzet, is László Krasznahorkai's most recent novel in English.
Three new books explore the modern information assault - and how to survive it.
What did Shaw admire in Nietzsche? In the absence of God, both were seeking a purpose.
In his memoir Instrumental, it feels at times as though Rhodes is daring you to dismiss him, to find his story trivial or inferior.
Over the past 30 years, virtually all of Kundera’s innovations have been either imitated or overtaken. Kundera's challenge is to outlive his own novelty.
The so-called new nature writing has become a publishing phenomenon, but how much do its authors truly care about our wild places?
A visit to Sweny's chemist in Dublin, which still sells the soap Leopold Bloom buys in Ulysses, reveals those who are keeping the book alive.
Amitav Ghosh’s new novel, Flood of Fire, takes you to the end of its exploring, only to hint that the story is just beginning.
Bob Stanley unpicks the recording industry’s tangled history of takeovers, piracy and changing technology.
Charlotte Gordon has managed to produce that rare thing, a work of genuinely popular history.
That evil is banal has been observed. The route to it in the case of the Tsarnaevs was a meandering path to which hindsight can bring little meaningful insight.
In Rosaleen Madigan, Enright has created a mater dolorosa without rival in the annals of Irish mothers.