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Erica Wagner is a New Statesman contributing writer. A former literary editor of the Times, she has twice judged the Man Booker Prize. Her books include Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of “Birthday Letters”, the novel Seizure and, most recently, Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge.
What appears the most simple, the work of Lydia Davis tells us, is the most profound.
Pullman’s political and social worlds echo ours in the thrilling second volume of The Book of Dust.
The novelist explains how Trump’s America shaped her bestselling sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.
A novel that makes the reader reflect upon how much anyone ever knows about a family, about the truth of any relationship.
While there’s nothing wrong with the tale of a summer romance, it feels as if Nicholls is playing it safe.
The 1969 moon landing has inspired countless films, books and TV shows – but on the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the mission’s cultural legacy is shadowed with a darker hue.
Real feeling lies underneath the shocking vulgarity of the show’s language.
Hempel is already a star in the US, but her fame hasn’t quite reached across the Atlantic yet
At 92, the acclaimed childrens author Judith Kerr seems as vital as anyone half her age. (This interview was originally published in 2016.)
The author of American Psycho is back on the publicity trail, courting controversy and selling his “vision”. But what – if anything – does he really believe in?