family saga

Inbreeding and schizophrenia make for double trouble in Salley Vickers’s lastest novel

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Cousins is a curious novel. If I’d been a publisher’s reader, I’d have consigned it to the rejection pile after…

An Egyptian comedy of errors

16 January 2016 9:00 am

The Yacoubian Building, the first novel of the Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswany, sold well over a million copies in…

A sombre Irish family saga — that glows in the dark

9 May 2015 9:00 am

The Green Road is a novel in two parts about leaving and returning home. A big house called Ardeevin, walking…

An epic performance that brings a lost novelist back to life

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Hugh Walpole, now almost forgotten, was a literary giant. Descended from the younger brother of the 18th-century prime minister Robert…

Fairytales of racism

1 March 2014 9:00 am

A preview of Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird appeared in Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists issue in April last…

A family novel that pulls up the carpet before you're even in the door

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I first mistook David Gilbert’s second novel for the sort of corduroy-sleeved family saga at which American writers excel. The…

Should Elizabeth Jane Howard have brought back the Cazalets?

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Some years ago, a woman wrote to Dear Mary, at the back of this periodical, with an unusual problem: she…