14 November 2011
Consider a patient of mine - call him Ralph. Ralph is in his late sixties, and for the past couple of years his life...
Politics
03 March 2011
I have hazy memories of my parents getting their first telephone. It was the late 1960s, and telecommunications was a...
Lifestyle
08 October 2009
A right pig's ear
Books
29 September 2003
Damon Galgut's Booker-shortlisted fifth novel is narrated by Frank Eloff, a middle-aged South African medic whose...
Books
25 August 2003
At 24, Adam Thirlwell is a conspicuously youthful writer. In January he was named one of Granta magazine's 20 best...
Books
14 April 2003
On 25 April 1953, the journal Nature published James Watson and Francis Crick's landmark paper in which they described...
Ideas
04 November 2002
In his latest book, Oliver James amasses research from social and medical science to support his tenet that personality...
Books
03 April 2000
The Second World War is an important historical period for Kazuo Ishiguro. His first two novels, A Pale View of Hills (...
Books
20 March 2000
The narrator of Paul Golding's debut, a thirtysomething man of Anglo-Spanish descent, is ensnared in a London gay scene...
Books
17 January 2000
Shauna Singh Baldwin's debut novel, set in Punjab between 1937 and 1947, the final decade of the colonial era in India...
Books
20 September 1999
Jim Crace's sixth novel begins with the two central characters lying murdered on an isolated beach. Joseph and Celice,...
Food and Drink
05 July 1999
At one point in Niall Williams's second novel, the central character, Stephen Griffin, abruptly resigns his teaching...
Culture
07 June 1999
Raj Kamal Jha's first novel is set in contemporary Calcutta. The premise is beguiling. The narrator, an unnamed middle-...
Books
10 May 1999
At first glance, Tim O'Brien's new novel appears to be a radical departure. Tomcat in Love tells the story of Thomas...
Books
05 March 1999
Set in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1938, Howard Norman's third novel starts promisingly, and we are quickly drawn into an...

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