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Leo Robson is the lead fiction reviewer for the New Statesman.
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.
At the Jerusalem remains a striking example of “imaginative empathy”.
Isabel Waidner on their Goldsmiths-shortlisted novel We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff, marginalised writers, and the Isle of Wight.