15 September 2011
This is what's happening. A new Conservative prime minister is taking on the public sector. There are violent protests...
17 October 2005
I went to Manchester University to read drama. I've never regretted going there, though I have often wondered if...
Saving Vidia. James Wood on V S Naipaul: "the greatest living analyst of the colonial and post-colonial dilemma"
01 October 2001
It is a delight, after the spilt "fury" of Salman Rushdie's latest assemblage, to savour the furious control of V S...
Food and Drink
Escape to New York. Is Salman Rushdie's new novel no more than playful self-indulgence, or is it the mark of a writer in terminal decline? By James Wood
10 September 2001
Fury exhausts all negative superlatives. It is a novel that is indeed likely to make even its most charitable readers...
12 June 2000
There's a playwriting exercise that illustrates the difference between story and plot. You take two plays with very...
We know we won't be fertile forever – we don't need misinformed media dropping "fertility timebombs" to keep reminding us