Books
17 April 2006
One of the ways to make money in the US book trade is to publish books about ways to make money. The bestseller lists...
Books
13 March 2006
The international departure lounge is one of the few places, nowadays, where customers have time to browse and where...
Ideas
13 February 2006
To the casual eye, the current British and American book trades look as similar as peas in a pod. In fact, they have...
Books
16 January 2006
It is a moot point whether Americans take books more seriously than the British. What is undeniable is that they take...
Books
14 November 2005
A sure way of gauging the contrasts between different countries' literary scenes is to look at their literary prizes....
Books
03 October 2005
Bestseller lists should more properly be called "fastseller lists" - or, perhaps, "hot-cake lists". What they have...
Books
12 September 2005
In her "acknowledgements", Zadie Smith informs us: "It should be obvious from the first line that this is a novel...
Culture
05 September 2005
This is the third big biography of Shakespeare to appear in the past year, following hard on Stephen Greenblatt's...
Culture
15 April 2002
In September 2000, when Salman Rushdie announced his intention to leave for New York, he complained about the "...
Politics
17 December 2001
In 1968 (heady year), a colleague and I wrote to Penguin Books. Would they, we politely inquired, like an edition of...

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