Melmoth, pleasurable though it is, asks the reader to look more and more closely at what is hidden between its lines.
The author clearly amuses herself with the sheer implausibility and theatricality of the world she describes.
Philip Hensher’s 12th work of fiction is a synthesis of material, traditions and styles.
Barnes leads the unsuspecting reader into a dark tangle of addiction, violence, abuse, mental disarray and non sequitur.
At times, the novel seems to owe as much to Dostoevsky as to the epics of the long-distant past.
A story of two obsessive record collectors becomes an interrogation of authenticity and the transformative power of music.
Frantumaglia: a Writer’s Journey is a collection of letters, interviews and pieces from 1991 to this year, and explore the writer's urge to run away.
Yanagihara’s Booker-shortlisted novel explores abuse but sheds little new light on her subject.
The protagonists of Rose Tremain’s fifth collection of short stories – her first since 2005’s The Darkness of Wallis Simpson – are all operating under some form of constraint: social, sexual, emotional, pressingly immediate or far distant, unrelentingly real or garlanded with imaginative flourishes.
Ignore the cultural Jeremiahs: novelists are responding to the changes in language, form and subjectivity.