After her remarkable flights from fact in her statements on abortion, it's disappointing to find that Dorries is just not very good at making things up.
Often, Lydia Davis’s writing requires us to pay very close attention to things most of us choose to pass over.
Imaginative writing is tied intimately to privacy, to the struggle to tell this story, to convey the singular texture of this experience, and no other.
Jessie Childs's God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England is a detailed and absorbing account of the difficulties of being Catholic in England in the 17th century.
Twenty years on, we still struggle to comprehend the trauma.
The belief that Westminster is “the mother of all parliaments” is one of the myths the Labour MP for Rhondda seeks to dispel.
Alex Clark talks to South African novelist Damon Galgut about his new novel Arctic Summer, followed by readings from Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke.
The spirit of Conrad hovers over this tale of an alcoholic Irishman serving in the British army out in Africa during WWII.
Lawrence continues to grip our imagination but can be a problematic lens through which to examine the Middle East.
Why have the confessions of a Norwegian Everyman become a literary phenomenon?
Piketty’s book Capital is being acclaimed as the most important work of political economy to be published in decades. It has certainly caught the attention of Ed Miliband’s inner circle.
Childbirth is just one of the areas in which modern-day feminist beliefs can end up being appropriated by neoliberal and neoconservative agendas. Unless accompanied by structural change, “choice” is too often only meaningful for a small elite.
Rene Denfeld, a death penalty investigator and author, describes the power the written word has behind bars.
The subject still awaits its defining cinematic treatment.
John Banville's Benjamin Black novels are irresistable. It's as if Henry James were writing under the pseudonym of Arthur Conan Doyle.
It’s not surprising that alienation is a persistent theme in much of the country’s fiction.
Green fingerdom throughout the ages in the face of wars, poverty and social upheaval.
The story of how Philby and four other privileged young Englishmen became spies or double agents for the USSR borders on a perverse sense of national pride.
Sixty years on, the beats continue to exercise a formidable grip on cultural life on both sides of the Atlantic.
Books and the act of reading are about removing barriers, and public events that celebrate them must do the same, as Alex Clark, guest programmer for this year's Cambridge Literary Festival, explains.
Two new American novels about physically and psychologically damaged veterans from the Iraq war get inside their subjects’ heads with varying success, writes a former US marine.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
The extraordinary sequence of events now seems too far-fetched even for a British version of Homeland.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
Somewhere along the line, an orthodoxy hardened: cigarettes will kill you and Bon Jovi will give you a migraine, but reading – the ideal diet being Shakespeare and 19th-century novels, plus the odd modernist – will make you healthier, stronger, kinder. But is that true?
The story of Flora Thompson’s semi-autobiographical novels set in the Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise.
Anne Rice thinks there are communities of “parasites” intent on dragging down writers by slating their books online. Is she right – and why are we such slaves to the star rating, anyway?
The musician’s heart-wrenching memoir of his parents’ long, unhappy marriage.
Race relations in modern-day France.