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.