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.
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
From the Civil War to the prison industrial complex, Wideman’s work considers the bitter legacy of slavery.
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.