If there’s anything full-time novelists hate more than a celebrity muscling in on their turf, it’s the celebrity doing such…
The British Library’s ‘Spoken Word’ series, drawing heavily on the BBC archives, has already shown quite a range — from…
In some ways, you’ve got to hand it to Craig Raine. Two years ago, after a distinguished career as a…
A rich seam of drama
Is Sebastian Barry writing tragedy, or melodrama?
Did you know that on the Central Line’s maiden journey to Shepherd’s Bush, one of the passengers was Mark Twain? Or that The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Sign of Four were both commissioned by the same publisher at the same London dinner? Or that Harrods dropped the apostrophe from its name in 1921, a full 19 years before Selfridges followed suit? My guess is that you probably didn’t — which is where Walk the Lines comes in.
If you know anything at all about Cynthia Ozick — an officially accredited grande dame in America, less famous in Britain — you won’t be surprised to hear that her new novel is influenced by Henry James.
At Last is the fifth — and, it’s pretty safe to say, most eagerly awaited — of Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose novels.
Stand-up comedians now stand in for the establishment
In the recent EastEnders cot-death controversy, both sides behaved pretty much as you’d expect. The BBC-bashers denounced the ‘offensive’ suggestion that grieving mothers routinely steal other people’s babies.
How Music Works opens with a blizzard of reassurances.
If we didn’t already know that Milan Kundera is one of Craig Raine’s literary heroes, then it wouldn’t be too hard to work it out from his first novel.
Stephen Potter’s Lifemanship contains a celebrated tip for writers who want to ensure good reviews.
In the opening chapter of The Dead Republic, the last novel in The Final Roundup trilogy, the narrator, Henry Smart, gives us a handy summary of the story so far.
Nearly 40 per cent of Brits and over 70 per cent of Americans think angels exist. James Walton explores the strange resurgence of faith in heavenly helpers
Nobody who reads Nigel Farndale’s The Blasphemer is likely to complain about being short-changed.
I don’t imagine that Hail! Hail! Rock ’n’ Roll was a very hard sell to its publishers.
The Anthologist, by Nicholson Baker
To Heaven by Water, by Justin Cartwright
Was television in Seventies Britain that good? Is today’s better? James Walton investigates
James Walton suggests reading George Orwell in order to understand the appeal of Carry On films