Sam Kitchener

The Nix is yet another first novel about writing a first novel

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Like many debut novels, The Nix, by the American author Nathan Hill, is about somebody writing their first book. Samuel…

Who wouldn't want to be Joseph Conrad?

27 August 2016 9:00 am

A certain sort of male novelist will always aspire to be Joseph Conrad. The seedy cosmopolitanism of his fiction and…

BOOKENDS: A Tiny bit Marvellous

23 October 2010 10:00 am

Criticising Dawn French feels like kicking a puppy. She’s so winning that the nation was even tempted to let The Vicar of Dibley slide.

Something filthy by return

11 September 2010 12:00 am

Gerard Woodward’s Nourishment opens in second world war London.