Erica Wagner is a New Statesman contributing writer and a judge of the 2014 Man Booker Prize. A former literary editor of the Times, her books include Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of “Birthday Letters” and Seizure.
The actor's book is more than the opening up of a family’s secrets. It is a cautionary tale.
Both Fathers and Sons by Howard Cunnell and Fathers by Sam Miller chase what can never really be known.
The lives in Elizabeth Strout’s new novel are prisms, held up to the light and flashing out an infinite spectrum of interpretation.
In Wychwood, a great house in Oxfordshire, the wealthy build walls around themselves to keep out ugliness, poverty, political change. Or at least they try to.
Each chapter of Reservoir 13 begins at New Year, as the local crime story morphs into an observation of the passing of time.
The bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo on talking to ghosts, following the Trump campaign, and giving up writing like a hipster.
The cult author speaks on the sudden rebirth of American activism and writing “the book of his life”.
Abraham Lincoln carries an urgent message in this remarkable novel of ghosts and war.
The British Museum's new exhibition reveals the resilience of First Nations culture.
Jacqueline Woodson’s beautiful new coming-of-age novel reminds us that it is not just our romantic relationships which define us.