Novels

Carey Mulligan in 'Wildlife'. Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Exquisite and riveting: Wildlife reviewed

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Wildlife is an adaptation of the 1990 novel by Richard Ford about a family coming apart at the seams, and…

‘I go against my instincts to be just an actor’

‘I should just shut up’: Dominic West on #MeToo and the perils of talking politics

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Dominic West talks to Melissa Kite about #MeToo and the perils of discussing politics

The sense of betrayal feeds the demand for a no-deal Brexit. Watch this space

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

Wonder woman: Saoirse Ronan is miraculous as Florence in On Chesil Beach

Whoever signed off on the ending deserves a good thrashing: On Chesil Beach reviewed

19 May 2018 9:00 am

But it’s surefooted mostly and always watchable and Ronan Saoirse is a wonder

Living the high life: Benedict Cumberbatch as Patrick Melrose

Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose adaptation is triumphant

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Warning: if you haven’t seen it yet, the first episode of the much-anticipated Patrick Melrose (Sky Atlantic, Sunday) contains scenes…

Sun readers will be disappointed – E.M. Phwoar-ster it is not: Howards End reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Any readers of the Sun who excitedly tuned in to Howards End on Sunday night with their pause button at…

Kenneth Branagh as Hercule Poirot

The death of cosy Christie

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Directors are taking Agatha Christie to increasingly dark places – and about time too, says Francesca Steele

Günter Grass, who died last year, photographed in 1981

Günter Grass: from enfant terrible to Grand Old Man

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Günter Grass was a mischief-maker, who set out to eclipse his equally brilliant fellow writers, says Rachel Seiffert. But his early novels – The Tin Drum, especially – fully deserved the limelight

When jargon is essential

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m very glad I followed a friend’s recommendation to read The Bird of Dawning by John Masefield, an author neglected…

Transit reviewed – the second of Rachel Cusk’s current trilogy

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Rachel Cusk is a writer who provokes strong reactions in her readers, and her critical reputation has swung wildly in…

What’s eating them? Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Fisayo Akinade in ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’

Not a film for a zombie-sceptic like me: The Girl With All the Gifts reviewed

24 September 2016 9:00 am

I can’t say I care for zombies particularly or even understand them — OK, they’re the living dead, but what…

Beyond Austen and Dickens: the classic novels that should be on TV

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Why can’t ‘classic’ television adaptations look beyond Dickens, Austen and Tolstoy?

Proof that the British hardly ever had a stiff upper lip

10 October 2015 9:00 am

The last time I cried was September 1989. That was my first week at public school. The reason I cried…

I know just the vicar for my parish church. Pity he’s fictional

21 March 2015 9:00 am

I know just the man my parish church needs. Unfortunately he’s Catholic – and fictional

Reading about your school is always a terrible idea

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Writers’ reminiscences terrify Daisy Dunn

Andrew Marr’s diary: Seeing shadows of Syria in Limousin’s ghost village

30 August 2014 9:00 am

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the piping, the cost of the…

Is any kind of sex still taboo in literature?

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Is there any kind of love that novelists still can’t touch?

The views that inspire writers

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Do writers really need inspiring landscapes? Or the opposite?

Of vice and verse

2 March 2013 9:00 am

‘All human life is binary’, explains a Vestal Virgin to the time-travelling heroine of Ranjit Bolt’s verse novel, Losing It.…

The curse of the mummy

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The former Soviet Union is so down on its economic luck that it can no longer maintain Lenin’s embalmed body.…

The masters in miniature

26 March 2011 12:00 am

Jeremy Treglown finds something for everyone in Penguin’s new Mini Modern series