We are born to be makers of crude tools.
And our speech is full of cruel
signifiers: you, me, them, us. I
am sure we will not survive.
John Gray reviews “The Age of Nothing” by Peter Watson and “Culture and the Death of God” by Terry Eagleton.
A provocative new exploration of ethnicity vs success in modern America by the authors of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
The US-born artist had talent to burn and a weakness for showmanship.
At London Zoo, Jumbo was assumed into the British imagination as a gentle giant.
Two new collections by Scottish poets characterised by sharp attention to detail.
A good book should be open to anyone, so why do some children’s publishers restrict readership according to gender?
The sad disappearance of the British “average neighbourhood”.
An ambitious and wide-ranging novel about allied soldiers in Sicily during the Second World War.
Writing was fundamental to the protest, yet the poems and songs have been largely lost from popular memory.
Two new books on cooking and interiors explore 20th century society's biggest paradigm shift.
Like the US TV series Girls – but for people who went to Cambridge.
The Scottish capital has a long tradition of crime fiction. Now one of the genre’s modern proponents comes home.
The conundrum of Britishness and the condition of Scotland.
Mainstream media have, until recently, been hostile to geeks – who have been hostile back. How do we break the cycle?
A Twitter campaign forced Jonathan Ross to pull out of hosting an awards ceremony for science fiction books. Was it purely a reaction to his controversial jokes - or were some people more concerned with keeping SFF "pure"?
The 12 stories in A L Kennedy’s latest collection revolve around ordinary people trying to cope with the emotional debris from break-ups, accidents, violence and betrayal.
The German capital lacks a modern-day chronicler. This book aims to change that.
The era of global liberalism ended in crisis and retreat and world power is now shifting east. How does our foreign policy adapt?
More often than not, when you pick up a new book in a bookshop, it will be by yet another white man, meaning that white and male will be what the next set of Big Names will look like. How can we break out of this self-reinforcing cycle?
The anti-heroic reading of the First World War did not begin with Blackadder - Wilfred Owen has far more to answer for than Richard Curtis, says the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
The Russian-American novelist's memoir shuttles back and forth between the deep past of his Soviet childhood to the glimmering possibilities of George Bush Sr's America.
All poetry is driven by sex, whether or not it acknowledges the impulse.
From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.
In <em>Andrew’s Brain</em> by E L Doctorow, the historical and the grand meld with the ordinary and affecting in a story that also features “an international dealer in Munchkins”.
Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.
Digital technology has finally made it possible for Tristano to be printed as the author intended. But should it be judged on its central device alone?
Reckless leaves you wanting to know what happens next, even though, with the real life events, you know the answer.
A history of empire and civilisation is a history of the sea.
Like so many books about tigers, The Night Guest, by Australian first-time novelist Fiona McFarlane, is a battle to preserve the order and civility of the household from the madness and barbarity outside.