Culture
14 September 2010
According to my sources among Waterstone's branch managers, there is nothing more annoying than the punter who...
Culture
11 January 2010
We never really grow out of fairy tales. A one-time staple of our infant literary world, they have an emotional and...
Books
03 July 2008
Patrick McGrath's latest psychologically astute novel is a haunting account of what happens when our basic human need...
Books
06 March 2008
The last word I expected to use to describe this book, a meditation on death, was "fun". Or even "funny". The prospect...
Books
14 February 2008
A telling line from Julie Myerson's acknowledgements page makes reference to her three children, who at times have made...
Books
27 September 2007
First: some helpful background information. The suicide rate in Finland is the second highest in Europe. Some...
Books
26 July 2007
Tabish Khair's languidly compelling debut novel, The Bus Stopped, took as a metaphor for the complex nation of India an...
Books
07 May 2007
The "Rainbow's End" of Lauren St John's atmospheric memoir is the Rhodesian farm leased by her parents from 1978 to...
Books
26 February 2007
From the arresting opening line of Indra Sinha's vivid second novel ("I used to be human once"), the voice of Animal,...