Rural flotsam

21 October 2009
Notwithstanding Louis de Bernières

Harvill/Secker, pp.275, 12.99

Notwithstanding’s suite of inter- linked stories draws on Louis de Bernière’s memories of the Surrey village (somewhere near Godalming, you infer) where he lived as a boy. Notwithstanding’s suite of… Read more

Voices of change

21 October 2009
Family Britain, 1951-1957 David Kynaston

Bloomsbury, pp.784, 25

Not every writer would begin a history of the 1950s with a vignette in which the young Keith Waterhouse treads on Princess Margaret by mistake. But David Kynaston is an… Read more

Liobams lying with rakunks

16 September 2009
The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood

Bloomsbury, pp.448, 18.99

Set in the future, The Year of the Flood tells the story of the build-up to and aftermath of a pandemic known as the Waterless Flood, which all but eradicates… Read more