Culture
23 July 2009
The Wish Maker arrives with pre-publication blurbs by two Pakistani writers, who praise its take on contemporary...
Books
14 May 2009
After The Truth About These Strange Times, a novel set in contemporary Britain, and The Broken Word, a long narrative...
Books
23 April 2009
The figure at the centre of Monica Ali’s third novel is a chef running the restaurant of a large London hotel. Gabriel...
Books
12 February 2009
In one of the set pieces in Jacques Tati's Playtime, Monsieur Hulot enters a friend's apartment, but as viewers we stay...
Books
05 February 2009
Mr Toppit, a first novel by Charles Elton, begins with a huge piece of misdirection. The narrator is Luke Hayman, whose...
International Politics
22 January 2009
Barry Unsworth's last two novels, The Songs of the Kings and The Ruby in her Navel, were set in ancient Greece and...
UK Politics
06 November 2008
Alastair Campbell's first novel is a difficult book to read - more accurately, to finish - and a scary one to review;...
Books
23 October 2008
Giuseppe di Lampedusa's The Leopard is a 20th-century novel that adopts the form of the 19th-century novel to describe...
Books
25 September 2008
The first paragraph of Zoë Heller's third novel is the most laboured stretch of writing in the book, but its dullness,...
Books
21 August 2008
Adam Thorpe's first novel, Ulverton, told the story of a fictional English village over 300 years through 12 loosely...
Books
10 July 2008
In the introduction to Collected Stories (1978), John Cheever regretted that the order of the stories was not reversed...
Books
22 August 2005
Adrienne Miller's first novel begins with Wyatt and Merit Ash, a married couple who live in Akron, Ohio. Wyatt is a...
Books
17 January 2005
The first novels from Jonathan Lethem and Michael Chabon could hardly have been more different from each other. Chabon'...