Books
17 January 2008
Matt King has problems. He may be Hawaii’s largest landowner, but his wife is in a coma, his younger daughter resembles...
Books
17 January 2008
Everyone loves a good conman. They can switch suitcases with dazzling dexterity, they get to say things like “Step on...
Books
01 November 2007
“Ay, it’s a grim tale,” rumbles a character in Erica James’s latest novel. Its beleaguered protagonists certainly do...
Books
01 November 2007
Uncle Montagues are obliged to be sinister, and Chris Priestley’s Victorian creation is no exception. Gothic mansion?...
Books
14 June 2007
Child narrators, with their breathless delivery and idiosyncratic idiom, can be grating companions. Matthew Kneale,...
Books
14 June 2007
"Lebanon is like a second skin that does not leave me," muses Aneesa, the drifting protagonist of Nada Awar Jarrar’s...
Books
19 February 2007
Where does fiction end and a lie begin? Every character in Enrique de Hériz's debut novel is obsessed, in one way or...
Books
12 February 2007
Los Angeles, 1985: the Mohawks are high, the Coke is New and the "wannabes" are out. The Rats and the FFFs, two rival...
Books
06 November 2006
"Riverbend", the pseudonym of the now world-famous Iraqi blogger, is a voice of reason in a sea of chaos. "You have two...
Books
06 November 2006
Narrators are tricky types. They lure you, cajole you, flatter you – then smirkingly pull the rug out from under your...
Books
09 October 2006
In 1971, Harold Edwards, Russophile, bookseller and avid letter writer, sent a postcard to Marina Aidova, saying simply...
Books
09 October 2006
Nell, the slippery protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s latest collection of short stories, is a familiar Atwoodian...
Books
11 September 2006
Despite a title redolent of slumber parties and problem pages, The Man of My Dreams is no giggly romp in search of...
Books
07 August 2006
Welcome to Algren, possibly Canada's smallest town and home to some of the most idiosyncratically named characters in...
Economics
31 July 2006
In view of his recent pledge to give away his fortune before he dies, Bill Gates is probably kicking himself for...