Boyd’s career consists of an endless flow of stories in the great realist tradition, with strong plots, well-rounded characters, and written in a language that anyone can understand.
China’s leader points to external enemies but his biggest problems are at home.
Dunn talks to women about, well, everything: sex, love, bodies, identity, marriage, motherhood, politics, ageing, work, freedom and money.
Exploring the role played by negative emotions in recent history.
Cod, carp, eel, herring and salmon might seem an odd quintet, but these charismatic, story-rich species changed our nation.
A statue of the Roald Dahl character defying the president points to reasons to be hopeful even when it feels as though little stands in the way of barbaric, vainglorious power.
A party at Clive James’s house turned into a symposium between three of our greatest writers and talkers. We were happy to be the listeners.
In the 2018 New Statesman / Goldsmiths Prize lecture, Elif Shafak explains why – in a world ruled by fear and division – novelists no longer have the luxury of being apolitical.
The digital age was supposed to be democratic, but under Google, Facebook and Twitter it has become a quest for profit at any cost.
The former home secretary and the film critic are children of different generations, but their music memoirs both impress.
In 2016, just as The Essex Serpent was being published, novelist Sarah Perry was diagnosed with Graves’ disease. Now, she’s publishing her darkest novel yet.