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Leo Robson is the lead fiction reviewer for the New Statesman.
Too Much and Never Enough is an account of the desolate childhood that “created the world’s most dangerous man”.
The American novelist Anne Tyler on writing ordinary men, researching on YouTube, and what’s wrong with her first three novels.
For writers from Daniel Defoe to Susan Sontag, plagues offer a window on to a rapidly changing world.
A distinguished Oxford academic and newspaper critic, Carey has been a cultural influencer for 50 years. He is a high-establishment insider – and yet has never forgotten the social slights he experienced as a young man.
MacInnes’s intriguing second novel deserves to cement his reputation as a bold and curious writer.
Enright’s new novel about the daughter of an actress finds itself in a biographical straitjacket.
In Hensher’s latest, wide-ranging novel, discipline has disappeared and vice reigns.
Coetzee’s trilogy of deadpan, present tense, fable-like fantasies, culminates in his extraordinary new novel The Death of Jesus.
Best, if inadequately, described as a biography, this book’s lack of a subtitle or introduction or any clue to intentions is telling: anything may be included or excluded.
With his phrase-making brilliance and omnivorous cultural appetite, the late Clive James taught me how to be a critic.