09 April 2013
Where the wild things star.
29 February 2012
New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families Colm TóibínViking, 352pp, £20The title of this collection of...
02 January 2012
A purple flyer pops through our letter box: "It's time to play," it says, which, to a sensitive ear, sounds...
13 September 2010
The idealistic view of Great Ideas - slim paperback volumes of philosophy, polemic, essays, belles-lettres - is that...
05 March 2010
In Praise of Older Women
20 August 2009
Just over a year ago, the Bookseller announced the third and final series of Penguin Great Ideas. According to Adam...
25 June 2009
Socialism and suspense
05 March 2009
Though it was apparently written in the mid-1930s, The Post Office Girl was never published during Stefan Zweig’s...
29 January 2009
I'm cutting my own throat here, but do you really want to spend your valuable time reading a review of a book by Jay...
22 January 2009
Publishers like to be able to quote big, vague adjectives to decorate the paperback edition, so, to be obliging: 2666...
15 January 2009
Fiction Recently, an acquaintance was telling me about her enthusiasm for history, and said that she would love to be...
20 November 2008
If you are trying to determine whether a story is truth or fiction, strangeness is no guide, because truth is only...
18 September 2008
Reading the opening pages of Philip Roth's latest novel - his 25th or thereabouts, depending on what you count as a...
21 August 2008
And still the torrent continues: Martin's memoirs, Kingsley's letters, Kingsley's authorised biography, Martin's...
22 May 2008
Jonathan Swift left £11,000 - a fortune, and not a small one - to found a mental hospital in Dublin, commemorating or...