Books
24 October 2005
On 30 December 2003, the writer John Gregory Dunne suffered a fatal heart attack. He and his wife, Joan Didion, had...
Books
19 January 2004
Anne Tyler's 16th novel is a myopic portrait of a disastrously mismatched marriage. Although it spans exactly 60 years...
Books
07 April 2003
Rachel Cusk's unsparing memoir, A Life's Work: on becoming a mother, condemned her to the role of spokeswoman for...
Books
17 March 2003
Sarah Jacob was the first recognised anorexic - a distinction for which she worked extremely hard and paid with her...
Books
17 February 2003
As any model worth her Marlboro Lights knows, a pretty face and a great body are no longer enough: you need to become...
Books
11 November 2002
Kingsley Amis's observation that "Women are much nicer than men/No wonder we like them" might have made a witty...
Books
19 August 2002
''The dead don't die. They look on and help," D H Lawrence once wrote. This consoling platitude lies at the heart of...
Books
22 July 2002
Nick McDonell is the latest literary wunderkind on the block, apparently. Clever, cute (and well connected in the world...
Ideas
27 May 2002
No sooner is one baby war almost over than another begins. DNA is everywhere: yet more women want a sample from the...
Culture
20 May 2002
The Mediaeval Baebes, Bond and Charlotte Church are creating most of the noise in classical music at the moment. With...
Books
15 April 2002
An overnight sensation in France, this slim, charming book has quietly become an international bestseller. Set at the...
Books
08 April 2002
Hari Kunzru, we are told, is the Next Big Thing in publishing. He appeared on lists of Best Young Novelists and...
Books
25 March 2002
It is not hard to see why Drowning Ruth became a bestseller in the United States and an Oprah's Book Club choice....
Books
25 February 2002
What separates the sexagenarian David Kepesh - the priapic professor of Roth's earlier fiction - from death is sex. In...
Food and Drink
19 November 2001
Alice Munro defined the short story as "a world seen in a quick glancing light". But few writers encompass whole lives...

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