Film
19 March 2008
Forget the jokes about Polish plumbers, cleaners and drivers who have lost their way - it's time to challenge such...
Books
10 March 2003
With Mendel's Dwarf (longlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize) and The Gospel of Judas, Simon Mawer has established himself...
Books
11 November 2002
According to Tim O'Brien, July 1969 heralded "a vicious summer: frantic music, frantic sex, chemicals in the sugar,...
Books
03 June 2002
There is a curious disclaimer at the end of this debut novel. In a three-page note, the author writes that his book "is...
Books
13 May 2002
Propelled with gusto out of the arse-end of lad lit, Jon Fink's fourth novel is a one-handed read for those who should...
Books
22 April 2002
Those who saw Howard Jacobson's South Bank Show special a few weeks ago - a putative celebration of what makes the...
Books
22 October 2001
What is most striking about Chris Petit's latest thriller is how he sets up the archetypal characters and scenarios of...
Books
02 July 2001
Lorna Sage was professor of English literature at the University of East Anglia, a respected literary critic and a...
Food and Drink
02 April 2001
Will Eaves covers familiar first-novel terrain in this tale of growing up. School sports, sexual encounters, under-age...
Culture
26 March 2001
Arthur Dodd was serving in Tobruk, supplying ammunition to the tanks of the 7th Armoured Division, when he was captured...
Books
29 January 2001
This is Russell Hoban's tenth novel and, like his others, it's a literary curio, a slim, witty book in search of ever...
Culture
15 January 2001
A Ukrainian by birth, Andrzej Stasiuk lives in Poland (and writes in Polish), and he is one of a number of cult writers...
Books
09 October 2000
Alexander Cleave, narrator of the new Banville, is an actor whose recent corpsing during a major performance has...
Culture
11 September 2000
The third novel in a planned quartet charting the tensions between Islam and Christianity, Tariq Ali's The Stone Woman...
Books
21 August 2000
Benedick Richard, the narrator of Amanda Craig's fourth novel, is undergoing something of a mid-life crisis. Recently...

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