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.
It is the Scottish author’s sense of overriding hopefulness that qualifies her to speak for us.
From Dave Eggers to John Lanchester and Ben Okri to Margaret Atwood, writers are crafting horror stories that reflect our living nightmare.
Yiyun Li’s Where Reasons End is a short, ruthlessly heartbreaking book.
Oates’s new novel is a chilling and eerie read.
The novel is not a retelling of that great old tale, but rather a playful reconsideration, an invitation to look at its characters from a different perspective.
As the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings approach, we must remember the astronauts who might have been.
The force of the second volume of Plath’s letter comes as Plath vents her fury towards Hughes repeatedly, letter after letter building into a fugue of sorrow and anger.
A flawed novel, but a fascinating one all the same.
Edugyan shows there is more to bondage than physical captivity.
This novel is set in the near future, in a Britain that has finally, absolutely broken free from the imagined shackles of the EU