Philip Maughan is a freelance writer in Berlin and a former Assistant Editor at the New Statesman.
The Irish writer Edna O’Brien, soon to celebrate her 85th birthday, reflects on four years spent in the company of tyrants.
Now that the interview-based podcast WTF has had millions of downloads and featured guests from Iggy Pop and Barack Obama, what does its host Marc Maron want to say?
Book of Numbers and Whisky Tango Foxtrot belong to a growing canon of tech thrillers from the US, new novels that engage with internet culture, rather than lamenting or ignoring it.
A “cast of two-dimensional, middle-class bores” prevent this debut novel becoming the “Vanity Fair for our times” that it promises.
“There was a story on the Guardian, 11 minutes old, saying she had been killed. I drank for five straight days.”
Three prize-laden upcoming poets return with second collections driving poetry into the digital future and the human past.
After spending three weeks in hospital with a suspected heart condition, Adrian Munsey decided to tackle The Longest Journey — the last unfilmed Forster novel.
Ben Lerner’s second novel tries to emulate Walt Whitman’s democratic “I” in an age when economic imperatives trump democracy. It is a clever and timely work — as much the story of the novel’s construction as the novel itself.
The American novelist Marilynne Robinson tells Philip Maughan why good characters are more interesting than bad ones and why a sense of our own fallibility keeps us sane.
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