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.
In recent years, writing about landscape has begun to confront troublesome human drive to own nature.
Wolfe the novelist fought his corner against the “two old piles of bones” – Mailer and Updike – but it was his non-fiction that changed the way we read.
The Brooklyn Bridge is an icon – but few know the quintessentially American story behind it.
Roddy Doyle, in an admiring blurb, calls Donal Ryan’s fifth book a novel, but it might be described equally as a collection of long, linked stories.
On the surface Crace’s language seems for the most part unadorned, but the adornment here is in the melody of the prose.
“I’m an Australian writer and I haven’t written about this? Well, that just seems pathetic to me.”
Editors Sjón and Ted Hodgkinson show both the vigour and variety of the short story form in the North.
One in six people in the United Kingdom now watch the moving BBC drama on the midwives and nuns of East London's Nonnatus House.
If you are looking for inspiration for the fight, this book will be your companion.
Jeremy Dauber’s Jewish Comedy and Devorah Baum’s The Jewish Joke are two books hoping to answer that question.