By John Gray - 17 October 15:30
Devising new identities with technologies of gene splicing, immersing themselves in virtual reality, Harrison's people are people with an overriding impulse to shape their lives even though they lack any clear idea of how they would like their lives to be
By Dolores Montenegro - 14 October 14:11
Most have big money sponsors but fail to pay authors - splurging on comedians and celebrity politicians instead. Scottish festivals set the best example, but will anyone listen?
By Ben Myers - 14 October 11:40
The week before the first winner of the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize is announced, novelist Ben Myers remembers the pilgrimage he made to Burn's remote home in the Scottish borders.
By Philip Maughan - 10 October 12:55
The Canadian "writer's writer" hailed by the committee as a "master of the contemporary short story".
By Patrick Hennessey - 10 October 10:58
In the light of the global focus on chemical weapons, policymakers would do well to take note of a conversation that Stephenson records between two First World War soldiers about the folly of ever imagining that there are such things as “clean, decent wea
By Rosemary Hill - 10 October 10:54
Has Graham Robb found the true site of Arthur’s court? Did Oxford have a mystic significance for the Celts?
By Jonathan Dee - 10 October 10:30
There’s something entertaining about the reader’s gradual realisation that Helmreich is not just some walking data recorder but rather, quite possibly, the Whitest Man in the World.
By Philip Maughan - 10 October 8:00
Three new books you might have missed.
By Clmence Sebag - 08 October 12:13
Bridget got me into this mess, and I’ve been waiting 14 years for her to get me out of it, writes Clémence Sebag.
By Sam Jordison - 07 October 12:28
Editor Sam Jordison says his book is not "an exercise in laughing at neglect" but a tough look at the nasty side of British capitalism written by the victims - for the victims.
By Roger Moorhouse - 03 October 11:01
It’s worth remembering here that many of those women who committed crimes could not resort to the time-worn excuse that they were “following orders”. They were not.
By Jonathan Bate - 03 October 10:47
Donne is so damn sexy that he will always seem modern. Marvell is the greatest political poet in the language (always excepting Shakespeare). Yet Herbert lived a quiet life: born in 1593, he died far too prematurely, in 1633.
By Nicholas Wapshott - 03 October 10:38
Like many “leftish” Brits who crossed the Atlantic to criticise imperial America from the belly of the beast, Cockburn soon discovered that America barely exists.
By Olivia Laing - 03 October 10:23
Like many couples, they communicated in a private language, a sort of nursery camp in which they were cast as the “Animals”.
By Richard Overy - 03 October 10:15
“There are so many questions and as many answers again.”
By Sean French - 02 October 17:06
In this article originally written on 2nd September 1994, Sean French wonders why Tom Clancy was hardly ever discussed at all during his lifetime.
By Helen Lewis - 02 October 11:05
Damian McBride is a bastard. And, unusually for a memoirist, he’s very keen to let you know that from the start, writes Helen Lewis.
By Tristram Hunt - 02 October 10:49
This is an extended paean to an era whose ethos and moral purpose navigated the transition from the chaos of the Industrial Revolution to the equanimity of late-Victorian Britain.
By Rana Mitter - 02 October 9:28
Much more than a Chinese Anne Boleyn, Cixi engineered a palace coup to place her young son on the throne at the age of just 25.
By Critic - 01 October 17:00
The critics' verdict on David Vann, William Boyd and Damian McBride.
By Philip Maughan - 01 October 13:00
After the Booker Prize's announcement that it will accept English-language across the globe, the Goldsmiths Prize occupies a unique position. Its debut shortlist was revealed this morning.
By Mark Hodge - 30 September 10:26
What is it that particularly irks King about a film that was so universally acclaimed?
By Claire Lowdon - 26 September 15:34
Stripping back an already pared-down style to the point of blandness.
By Holger Syme - 26 September 12:41
David Gilmour seems to be fond of authors, and he says he loves their work — provided they are male, white, and very much like him. Here's why he's wrong.
By Sarah Ditum - 26 September 12:11
Is feminism capable of addressing the differences between women, as well as those between women and men?
By Jack Straw - 26 September 11:54
British elections used to be heroically corrupt.
By John Gray - 26 September 11:41
The first full translation of a reclusive Italian poet’s philosophical “hotchpotch” is a major event in the history of ideas.
By Marina Benjamin - 26 September 8:50
Marina Benjamin is impressed by the storytelling and cool-headed analysis in Maxim Leo's Red Love: the Story of an East German Family.
By Critic - 24 September 12:11
The critics' verdicts on Stephen King, Sathnam Sanghera and Maxim Leon.