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First Love: a hilarious send-up of chick lit

11 February 2017 9:00 am

If ever there was a book for our uncaring, unsharing times, it is Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, in which Neve,…

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…

Robert Olen Butler’s anguished hero is haunted by the wrong war

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At first glance, Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River seems like an application for a National Book Award. Its protagonist, Robert,…

Spectator letters: Charles will be an excellent king

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In defence of Charles Sir: As a former full-time member of the Prince of Wales’s office, and a part-time equerry…

Death and retribution in Beersheba

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Nordic noir is passé. Now we have Israeli noir. Waking Lions is a mordant thriller written by a clinical psychologist…

Charities are the last bastion of corporate greed

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Charities’ fundraising practices are out of control

How to pick the perfect present

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I had always attributed it to bad luck in the genetic lottery. I am three-eighths Welsh and a quarter Scottish,…

The gambler’s daily grind

26 April 2014 9:00 am

Lord Doyle is a shrivelled English gambler frittering away his money and destroying his liver in the casinos of Macau.…