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
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.
D B C Pierre ponders whether writing is a teachable subject in his new book, Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out of It.