Fiction

Isherwood’s fine memorial

4 February 2009 12:00 am

In an admiring review (Spectator, 15 May, 2004) of Peter Parker’s biography of Christopher Isherwood, Philip Hensher conceded, perhaps reluctantly, that ‘Isherwood was not, in the end, a writer of the first rank’.

Travails with an aunt

4 February 2009 12:00 am

The Flying Troutmans, by Miriam Toews

A choice of crime novels

21 January 2009 12:00 am

Andrew Taylor reviews a selection of recent crime novels

On the run in the Rockies

14 January 2009 12:00 am

The Outlander, by Gil Adamson

An unlikely bestseller

14 January 2009 12:00 am

2666, by Roberto Bolaño

Getting the detail right

7 January 2009 12:00 am

Evelyn Waugh told Nancy Mitford he was ‘surprised to find’ that Proust ‘was a mental defective. He has absolutely no sense of time.’

Conflicts of interest?

29 December 2008 12:00 am

Land of Marvels, by Barry Unsworth

Slum-dwellers and high-flyers

29 December 2008 12:00 am

Heliopolis, by James Scudamore

Plagued by plagiarism

29 December 2008 12:00 am

And Then There Was No One, by Gilbert Adair

Christmas Short Story

12 December 2008 12:00 am

When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas
by Justin Cartwright

Unkind hearts and Jews

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Israel Rank, by Roy Horniman

Surprising literary ventures

12 December 2008 12:00 am

James Patterson likes rape, torture, mutilation and death.

Morality play

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Vanity Fair, by William Thackeray

The ‘little Christmas tale’ that has everything

12 December 2008 12:00 am

Susan Hill reappraises Charles Dickens’s classic

Children’s books for Christmas

10 December 2008 12:00 am

Juliet Townsend reviews a selection of Christmas books

Surprising literary ventures

3 December 2008 12:00 am

Willy and the Killer Kipper (1981) by Jeffrey Archer

Deadlier than the male

26 November 2008 12:00 am

When does a novel stop being a novel and become a crime story? It’s often assumed that there is an unbridgeable gap between them, but that’s not necessarily so.