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Jane Shilling is a book critic for the Telegraph and the author of two books: The Fox in the Cupboard and The Stranger in the Mirror, a memoir of middle age, published in 2011. She writes on books for the New Statesman.
The short stories by Lucia Berlin featured in this selection are perfectly poised.
Seiobo There Below, translated by Ottilie Mulzet, is László Krasznahorkai's most recent novel in English.
As Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens at London’s V&A, Jane Shilling explores why our footwear carries such emotional weight.
Sex and Film: the Erotic in British, American and World Cinema is a survey of sex on celluloid, from Tarzan to Fifty Shades of Grey.
Jane Shilling finds a blend of syrup and venom in this kiss-and-tell book by François Hollande’s former partner.
As Ferrante’s writing became conspicuous, so did her anonymity. Speculation gathered, not just about her identity but even her sex.
Jane Shilling reviews a new autobiography of the veteran British fashion designer and punk icon.
In Miram Toews’s new novel, the ability of literature to act as an antidote to despair is tested to the limit.
Propped against a multitude of pillows in his dark bedroom, Proust maintained his connections with the outside world through a blizzard of letters.
Dramatic though the transition from Albania to America has been, Mark faces an even greater change. For 14 years, he has been living as a man – but until the age of 20, he was a girl named Hana.