D B C Pierre ponders whether writing is a teachable subject in his new book, Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out of It.
Wearing a custom-built goat exoskeleton, sucking down worms like a badger – two new books describe extreme adventures in becoming beasts.
By conjuring mythic landscapes, the novelist and children’s fantasy writer Alan Garner unleashed his fury at the injustices of postwar Britain.
Taylor Downing's new Breakdown: the Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme, 1916 reveals a turning point for mental health.
Football by Jean-Philippe Toussaint is a strange mix of heightened prose and stilted banality.
Like the heroine, the narrative feels becalmed and slightly wrong-footed in Anthony Quinn’s Freya.
Reading What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is like settling into a roller coaster.
Like sex, money is something that a lot of people spend a lot of time thinking about (and wanting more of). Shakespeare was no exception.
“I was on the scrapheap,” the Beatles bassist had thought, aged 27, when the band split up. How wrong he was.
Lynsey Hanley’s memoir Respectable: the Experience of Class attacks the sharp-elbowed bourgeoisie – but society will only be transformed by building coalitions between the middle and working classes.
Together, Ann Wroe and Bruce Watson's new books illuminate – no other word will do – the brilliance all around.
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