Novels

Günter Grass, who died last year, photographed in 1981

Günter Grass: from enfant terrible to Grand Old Man

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Günter Grass was a mischief-maker, who set out to eclipse his equally brilliant fellow writers, says Rachel Seiffert. But his early novels – The Tin Drum, especially – fully deserved the limelight

When jargon is essential

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m very glad I followed a friend’s recommendation to read The Bird of Dawning by John Masefield, an author neglected…

Hopeless Girl

Transit reviewed – the second of Rachel Cusk’s current trilogy

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Rachel Cusk is a writer who provokes strong reactions in her readers, and her critical reputation has swung wildly in…

What’s eating them? Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Fisayo Akinade in ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’

Not a film for a zombie-sceptic like me: The Girl With All the Gifts reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

I can’t say I care for zombies particularly or even understand them — OK, they’re the living dead, but what…

Vintage Hardcover Books from Early 1900s

Beyond Austen and Dickens: the classic novels that should be on TV

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Why can’t ‘classic’ television adaptations look beyond Dickens, Austen and Tolstoy?

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Proof that the British hardly ever had a stiff upper lip

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The last time I cried was September 1989. That was my first week at public school. The reason I cried…

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I know just the vicar for my parish church. Pity he’s fictional

21 March 2015 9:00 am

I know just the man my parish church needs. Unfortunately he’s Catholic – and fictional

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Reading about your school is always a terrible idea

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Writers’ reminiscences terrify Daisy Dunn

Martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane Photo: AFP/Getty

Andrew Marr’s diary: Seeing shadows of Syria in Limousin’s ghost village

30 August 2014 9:00 am

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the piping, the cost of the…

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Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Is there any kind of love that novelists still can’t touch?

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The views that inspire writers

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Do writers really need inspiring landscapes? Or the opposite?

Of vice and verse

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘All human life is binary’, explains a Vestal Virgin to the time-travelling heroine of Ranjit Bolt’s verse novel, Losing It.…

The curse of the mummy

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The former Soviet Union is so down on its economic luck that it can no longer maintain Lenin’s embalmed body.…

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The masters in miniature

26 March 2011 12:00 am

Jeremy Treglown finds something for everyone in Penguin’s new Mini Modern series