Books

Nicky Beard on holiday in Cornwall shortly before his death

The tragedy of a brother’s drowning

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Nicholas Shakespeare is full of admiration for Richard Beard’s painful inquest into the death of his brother

How to survive grief — and be of comfort to others

11 March 2017 9:00 am

If a single book could help you to be kinder and more compassionate, could expand and deepen your understanding of…

Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream is unforgettable

4 March 2017 9:00 am

In Delmore Schwartz’s story ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’, a young man dreams he is watching his father and mother’s engagement…

Love and loss in America’s wide open spaces

4 February 2017 9:00 am

We know our way around Raymond Carver’s blue-collar cityscapes and Updike’s urban angst and despair. Rick Bass opens a window…

Jenn Ashworth’s fourth novel charts a family’s struggle with sickness and loss over generations

16 July 2016 9:00 am

After a curtain-twitching cul-de-sac, a Preston shopping precinct, and the Church of the Latter-Day Saints brought to Lancashire, Jenn Ashworth…

All at sea — trying hard to stay afloat

16 April 2016 9:00 am

‘This happens to other people.’ The Guardian journalist Decca Aitkenhead says she had heard the phrase countless times, interviewing the…

Julie Myerson captures the sorrow that surpasses all understanding

5 March 2016 9:00 am

As its title suggests, Julie Myerson’s tenth novel is about stoppage: the kind that happens when one suffers a loss…

A fairytale return for Graham Swift

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The opening of Graham Swift’s new novel clearly signals his intent. ‘Once upon a time’ tells us that this will…

The perfect big bang that opens this book was too good to be true

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Houses, as any plumber will testify, do sometimes blow up in gas explosions, destroying their contents and inhabitants, but would…

You’ll never look at dried pasta in the same way again

12 July 2014 9:00 am

A calculated ordinariness unites the protagonists in Graham Swift’s new collection of short stories. In each of these mini fictions,…