Fiction

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selasi - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Excitement over the extraterritorial birthplace of authors on Granta’s recent list of Britain’s best young novelists must have been old…

Portrait of Nikolai Leskov by Anatoly Lelako

The Enchanted Wanderer and Other Stories, by Nikolai Leskov - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Though underestimated in the English-speaking world, Nikolai Leskov is one of the greatest of 19th-century Russian writers. Donald Rayfield has…

A Delicate Truth, by John le Carré - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

John Le Carré is one of a select group of novelists whose vivid and internally coherent imaginative worlds are so…

The Spoken Word: Short Stories, Volume II - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Largely unheard since their original performances or BBC broadcasts between 1939 and 2011, these readings of 12 short stories by…

'The Infatuations', by Javier Marías - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

A café in Madrid. From her table across the room a solitary woman watches an attractive couple share breakfast morning…

The Childhood of Jesus', by J.M. Coetzee - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Stripping down prose is not a risk-free undertaking. The excision of adverbs and the passive voice is sound practice in…

'Mimi', by Lucy Ellmann - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Harrison Hanafan is a plastic surgeon in New York. Every day, he slices and stitches deluded women, reshaping healthy flesh…

Right thinking

2 June 2012 10:00 am

David Frum has spoken for American conservatism for a generation – now he despairs of it

Straying from the Way

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

No sensible writer wastes good material. A couple of years ago Tim Parks published a memoir, Teach Us to Sit…

Recent crime novels

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

William Brodrick’s crime novels have the great (and unusual) merit of being unlike anyone else’s, not least because his series…

Doctor in distress

26 May 2012 4:00 pm

It is winter 1936. Every weekday morning a group of young people travel by train from Ferrara, their home city,…

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Method in her magic

12 May 2012 5:00 pm

Bring Up the Bodies, as everybody knows, is the sequel to Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel’s fictional re-imagining of the life…

The courage of their convictions

12 May 2012 10:00 am

HHhH is a prize-winning French novel about a writer writing a novel about the plot to kill the Gestapo boss…

Fatal entrapment

12 May 2012 10:00 am

I am no great fan of spy thrillers and positively allergic to conspiracy theories, but I found this book difficult…

Family get together 

5 May 2012 11:00 am

Mark Haddon is in what must sometimes seem like the unenviable position of having written a first (adult) novel which…

Putting the fun in fundamentalism

5 May 2012 11:00 am

Turnaround Books, the publishers of Timothy Mo’s remarkable Pure, are revealed to operate from Unit 3, Olympia Trading Estate, Coburg…

The usual suspects

5 May 2012 11:00 am

It is disconcerting to discover that a novelist a generation older than oneself has been trying to write ‘a sort…

Cry freedom

21 April 2012 11:00 am

Scenes From Early Life is a rather dull title for a deeply interesting book. It is a novel; this is…

Nowhere to go but down

21 April 2012 10:00 am

I am just old enough to remember the terrific fuss that was made about the first Scots literary renaissance when…

The lady vanishes

14 April 2012 11:00 am

The spy thriller is not the easiest genre for an author to choose. In the first place, it is haunted…

A bit of slap and tickle

14 April 2012 9:00 am

Hard on the heels of the ecstatically received London revival of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off (currently playing at the Novello…

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A polished fragment

31 March 2012 11:00 am

One evening nearly 40 years ago the world’s press descended on Patrick White in Sydney: they rampaged outside his house,…

To thine own self be true

31 March 2012 10:00 am

Azazeel comes to Britain as the winner of the 2009 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, inevitably known as the ‘Arabic…

… in the fall of a sparrow

31 March 2012 10:00 am

Set in Romania in the 1950s, this is the story of two people, Augustin and Safta, who are both very…

What was it all for?

31 March 2012 9:00 am

What happens to a novelist who becomes the conscience of a nation? Nadine Gordimer, who is now 89 and whose…