If you were stranded on a desert island, Ruth Leon would be the perfect companion.
Gully Wells is a spirited and amusing writer, the daughter of the American journalist Dee Wells and the stepdaughter of the famous philosopher Freddie Ayer.
There are among us a churlish few who consider the term ‘sports personality’ to be an oxymoron.
Patrick Cockburn is a foreign correspondent who has reported from war zones in Beirut, Iraq and Afghanistan.
‘“We weren’t phoney,” Stephen said. “Our whole point was to live an authentic life, to challenge the bourgeois conventions of our parents’ generation. We wanted to make it real.”’ Such is the lifelong aspiration of Stephen Newman, the baby boomer hero of Linda Grant’s new novel.
Writing an autobiographical account of middle age is a brave undertaking, necessitating a great deal of self-scrutiny at a time of life when most of us would sooner look the other way and hope for the best.
Like many bookworms, once or twice a year I am struck down with reading doldrums. Then the stash of paperbacks…
‘I only see radiators these days’, announces one of the characters in this novel — ‘You know, people who give out heat and warmth.’ A radiator is a pretty good description of India Knight’s Comfort and Joy (Fig Tree/ Penguin, £14.99), too: a book so kindly and funny and affectionate that you could probably warm your hands on it.
This is a book which, along with a packet of extra strong mints, deserves a place in the glove compartment of every car.
The Norwegian, Per Petterson, was not well known until his 2003 novel, Out Stealing Horses, became a surprise international bestseller.
Unless you have spent the last couple of years packed in soil on a boat bound for Whitby, you will have noticed that vampires are back in fashion.
If you wanted to write about Marilyn Monroe, how would you go about it? The pile of biographies, memoirs and novels about poor, sad Marilyn is already teetering.
A Week in December, by Sebastian Faulks
An Education, by Lynn Barber
Chaplin’s Girl, by Miranda Seymour
Love Child, by Allegra Huston
Stanley I Presume, by Stanley Johnson
The Atmospheric Railway: New and Selected Stories, by Shena Mackay
Cressida Connolly on Julia Blackburn's family memoir
The eight short stories which form this collection began life in a multicultural magazine called Metro Eirann, which was set up in 2000 by two Nigerian journalists living in Dublin.
The Other Mrs Jordan:A True Story of Bigamy and Betrayal
by Mary Turner Thomson
Memoirs about bad or dotty fathers — from J. R. Ackerley’s (and the brilliant companion piece by his secret half-sister,…
Mark Haddon’s previous book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, was a bestseller and that golden egg…
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The ancient Athenians were mad about it, but the Spartans thought it a waste of time. It flowered in the…