Leo Robson is the lead fiction reviewer for the New Statesman.

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27 January 2011
This is a remarkable book, but not a very readable one. Judith Flanders seems to have read every novel, newspaper story...
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09 December 2010
The American novelist Cathleen Schine shows no embarrassment about wanting to give the reader a happy, pointless time....
Culture
18 November 2010
"When he has given his neighbour a chance he thinks he has done enough for him," George Santayana wrote of...
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11 November 2010
Letters Saul Bellow, edited by Benjamin TaylorPenguin, 571pp, £30"Of course I am not a Freudian," Saul Bellow...
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14 October 2010
Philip Roth has written 31 books, in a heady variety of forms, and he wants to tame them. The page headed "Also By...
Culture
04 October 2010
Every summer people are given the opportunity to talk nonsense about the Man Booker Prize; and every summer they take...
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27 September 2010
Freedom Jonathan FranzenFourth Estate, 570pp, £20When Jonathan Franzen decided to call his 2006 memoir The Discomfort...
Culture
21 September 2010
“Le Carré needs the cold war rather badly," wrote Ian Hamilton in 1980. Thirty years later, speculation has...
Culture
07 September 2010
Despite its obvious satisfactions, there are risks attached to being proved right. In the case of William Gibson, the...
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13 August 2010
Whoever said "All publicity is good publicity" failed to predict the behaviour of Tom McCarthy. Since the...
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02 August 2010
Your new book is the third you have written about T S Eliot. You obviously quite like him.Ah, bathos! I think he is a...
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30 July 2010
Howard Jacobson's novel-before-last, Kalooki Nights, was a wonderful surprise - a torrential comedy of ideas and...
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23 July 2010
Yeats and Violence is a stirring title, but not for this book. Michael Wood's Clarendon Lectures, given in Oxford in...
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12 July 2010
Ernest Hemingway spent 40 years converting himself into a myth, and his readers have now spent 50 years trying to...
Culture
18 June 2010
The realist novel is ill-equipped to take on Stalin. A form that likes to pick the idling loner from the bustling...

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