Careful Sherlockians, on returning in adulthood to the four novels and 56 short stories that they devoured uncritically in their…
Lord Doyle is a shrivelled English gambler frittering away his money and destroying his liver in the casinos of Macau.…
In his new novel, Children of Paradise, Fred D’Aguiar, a British-Guyanese writer, returns to the Jonestown massacre, previously the subject…
London, 1794. It’s a different world from that portrayed by the Mrs Radcliffes and Anons of the time: rich young…
Black Sheep opens biblically, with a mining village named Mount of Zeal, which is ‘built in a bowl like an…
If you consider ‘gripping metafiction’ a self-contradictory phrase (surely metafiction disables tension through its wink-at-the-audience style?), Nicholas Royle’s First Novel…
A fact which often surprises those who pick up the Bible in adulthood, having not looked at it for years, is how very short the stories are.
Each year Genevieve Lee holds an ‘alternative’ dinner party, to which she invites, along with her friends, a couple of people she wouldn’t ordinarily mix with — a Muslim, say, or homosexual.
Salley Vickers name-checks (surely unwisely) the granddaddy of all short stories, James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’, in the foreword to her first collection, Aphrodite’s Hat (Fourth Estate, £16.99).
If only E. M. Forster hadn’t beaten him to it by exactly a century, Jonathan Coe could have coined the enigmatic phrase ‘only connect’ in this novel.
Jim, Crace’s latest novel, All That Follows, marks a deliberate change from past form.
It is impossible (as I prove in this sentence) to review Philip Roth without mentioning the surge of creativity that began when the author was around 60 and which now sees him publishing a novel every year (his next one, Nemesis, is already finished).
At first, the plot of Nick Hornby’s new novel, Juliet, Naked, seems too close to that of his first novel, High Fidelity (1995).
We Are All Made of Glue, by Marina Lewycka
The Rehearsal, by Eleanor Catton
Yalo, by Elias Khory, translated by Humphrey Davies
Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Rhyming Life and Death, by Amos Oz
A Fraction of the Whole, by Steve Toltz
Pollard, by Laura Beatty Chatto & Windus
Inside the Whale, by Jennie Rooney Chatto & Windus
Slaughterhouse Heart, by Afsaneh Knight Doubleday
Indignation, by Philip Roth
Simon Baker reviews a collection of short stories by Tobias Wolff
A review of Simon Montefiore's novel
Simon Baker reviews Andreï Makine’s latest novel
Simon Baker reviews the new novel from Adam Mars-Jones
At the beginning of Salman Rushdie’s new novel a charismatic Florentine rogue arrives at the Mughal court and claims to have a story which he must tell to the Emperor, Akbar the Great, who, he insists, is his nephew.
Simon Baker on Philip Hensher's new book
Simon Baker on Julian Barnes' new book