Leo Robson looks at the traditions underpinning Ian Rankin's The Beat Goes On and George Pelecanos' The Martini Shot and Other Stories.
The Murty Classical Library of India tackles a multilingual, epic tradition.
We are all alienated labour now.
Alan Bennett's statement that the English excel at hypocrisy has upset the national press. But he's got literature on his side.
The award-winning author talks to Erica Wagner.
Biographies by Hugo Borst and Maarten Meijer get to know Manchester United's new manager.
Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.
Comparable to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” to Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist”, The Vegetarian ties social refusal to sexual protest.
Harry Brighouse and Adam Swift's Family Values: the Ethics of Parent-Child Relationships, and Tanith Carey's Taming the Tiger Parent.
In new books, both Hain and Hutton recognise Labour as the only vehicle for reform – but what kind will emerge remains to be seen.
John Gray reviews Greg Garrett’s Entertaining Judgement: the Afterlife in Popular Imagination.
Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances reminds us that stories demand all our attention.
A novel of the American Civil War that combines realism with the powerful folklore surrounding defiant women.
Objects that feel lived in give us a comforting feeling of having come a long way, of having been through the years and having done some hard work to get there.
Conceived by Zola and sullied by Jonathan Franzen, the modern saga is in poor health. But Anne Tyler might be its saviour.
Scott McCloud's The Sculptor, Richard McGuire's Here and Joe Sacco's Bumf.
With "anti-vaxxers" dominating the headlines, Biss's new book is a thoughtful examination of how people feel about vaccines.
Sam Delaney’s Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened when British Politics Met Advertising captures forty years of politics – through posters.
Sanctuary: a Novel dramatises the lives of the writerly sisters - and their forgotten artist brother.
The fragmented last work from the author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
With Orwell-clear prose and a Trollope-sized cast, Curtain Call makes the 1930s glitter.
New memoirs from Antonia Fraser and David Lodge show very different British upbringings.
Polly Toynbee and David Walker's Cameron's Coup is an unashamedly caustic review of the last five years.
Detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi's account of the camp is heartbreaking. But it is crucial the truth is told.
Much has changed in English culture since 1710. But a new book argues our systems of power are less different than we might think.
Perhaps the most pervasive source of self-censorship for writers is their relationships with the people around them.
The sequel will be titled “Go Set a Watchman”.
When we don’t let women live the whole range of humanity – making mistakes, screwing things up, not being very nice – we miss out.
Young Eliot, the first volume of Robert Crawford's new T S Eliot biography, shows how a bruising home life led to poetic breakthrough.
Johan Harri's Chasing the Scream refutes today's anti-narcotics policy, while Edward Follis and Douglas Century's The Dark Art takes us undercover in the global drugs change.