Ben Myers’ novels include Pig Iron and Richard, a Sunday Times book of the year. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, NME, Mojo, Time Out, 3:AM Magazine, Caught By The River and many others. www.benmyersmanofletters.blogspot.com
Arkady explores an England wrecked not by obvious dystopian tropes, but by rent hikes, gentrification and the “decanting” of tower block residents.
Vlautin is one of literature’s greats: so why is he still not a big-hitter in contemporary American fiction?
In ailing northern towns, amateur ice hockey brought violence and validation to a generation of young men.
David Seabrook’s All the Devils are Here was first published in 2002 to relative indifference – but is beloved by a select few.
When he died in 1982, he was remembered in the literary world – if at all – solely as the man who “wrote that film with Michael Caine”.
Many of the pieces in eco-anthology Walking on Lava are as sad as they are angry.
Author Adam Scovell’s tone is perfectly pitched between articulate academic and box-set binger.
It was set in the Sixties, made in the Eighties and claimed by the Nineties, but 30 years on Bruce Robinson’s Withnail & I is a film for our times.
Graeme Macrae Burnet’s Booker-shortlisted historical thriller has shades of Lewis Grassic Gibbon and Jim Crace.
Despite an estimated four pubs closing every day, Wetherspoons continues to thrive. I spoke to the man who – literally – wrote the book on it to find out why.