On the pop culture podcast this week: Zadie Smith’s novel Swing Time, teen movie The Edge of Seventeen and the 2015 film Maggie’s Plan.
Cole's collected essays, Known and Stranger Things, combines good writing with emotion and intellect.
Coates draws on a rich, modern African-American mythology to turn T’Challa into the Black Panther: Marvel’s African superhero.
The fictional world of Donald Ray Pollock’s new novel is compellingly brutal. At times, though, it feels as if it could have been rather more.
Garnett’s potent memoir The Day the Music Died shows a life defined by the refusal of even the most ordinary levels of mendacity.
Lauren Elkin's study of women walkers shows how putting one foot in front of the other can be a radical act.
Voltaire said he was the greatest reasoner who ever set pen to paper. But is there a twist to Bayle's thinking?
“The scale and frequency of my disappointment,” Dyer writes in his new essay collection, “was proof of how much I still expected and wanted from the world.”
It's time we re-examined the legacy of England's greatest gardener.
Johnson's new collection of stories mixes the occult and banal to place young women at the centre of the picture.
I like my holidays chatty, boozy, and booky – the only problem is what to pack.
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