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.