Why do writers enjoy walking so much?

8 February 2020 9:00 am

Writers like walking. When people ask us why, we say it’s what writers do. ‘Just popping out to buy a…

Goodbye Christopher Robin will give your child PTSD

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Scriptwriters love to feast on the lives of children’s authors. The themes tend not to vary: they may have brought…

Inspiration, procrastination and the importance of pens: how writers write

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Authors on inspiration, procrastination and the importance of pens

How much can you tell about E.E. Cummings from this photo?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Do you think you can tell things about writers from the way they look in a painting or photograph? A…

Hero of his own drama

17 March 2012 11:00 am

Sam Leith is enthralled by the larger-than-life genius, August Strindberg — playwright, horticulturalist, painter, alchemist and father of modern literature

Menace, mystery and decadence

11 February 2012 10:00 am

Richard Davenport-Hines on the seamy side of interwar Alexandria, as depicted by Lawrence Durrell

The legacies of Jennifer Johnston

12 November 2011 11:00 am

Cross the soaring Foyle Bridge from the East and take the route to Donegal. Shortly before you cross the border…

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

5 November 2011 11:00 am

Jonathan Franzen. David Foster Wallace. Jeffrey Eugenides. Giant, slow-moving, serious writers, notching up about a novel per decade, all with…

Martin Amis: The Biography by Richard Bradford

5 November 2011 10:00 am

Sam Leith is disappointed that our most famous living novelist remains an enigma

What is it about Stieg Larsson?

13 August 2011 12:00 am

How an unsuccessful Swedish journalist became a world-conquering thriller-writer

The Russian connection

7 May 2011 12:00 am

It’s impossible not to warm to the author of this book, a perky Turkish-American woman with a fascination with Russian literature and an irresistible comic touch.

The wisdom of youth

9 April 2011 12:00 am

‘You must write it all down’ is the age-old plea to elderly relatives about their childhood memories.

Morphine memories

5 February 2011 12:00 am

Chapman’s Odyssey became quite famous before it was published, largely because it nearly wasn’t.

Ready for take-off

23 October 2010 12:00 am

In the recently published Oxford Book of Parodies, John Crace clocks up five entries, thus putting him just behind Craig Brown as our Greatest Living Parodist.