It’s natural to be sceptical when a lost, unknown text is published posthumously, not least when it is the subject of lofty praise and flattering comparisons straight away.
It is worth stating clearly that Jessa Crispin certainly does consider herself a feminist. It is other people who are not: her book tells the story of a scourge of false – if well-intentioned – feminists, bungling in and mucking up the movement.
Mention that you’re reading a book on transhumanism and you’ll likely get a few raised eyebrows.
Creating compelling female characters that don’t resort to the ‘strong female character’ trope is an imperative task, and one that Gay performs admirably.
A sustained reflection on Auster’s own relationship with the written word and allows him, in typical Auster fashion, to insert stories within the story.
Rage-inducing and relentless in its depiction of the cruel realities of life for forced sex workers, the novel draws its power from Harding’s talent for voice and characterisation.
Spanning six decades since 1955, Art Record Covers showcases over 500 covers taking in modernism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art and postmoderism.
Private Citizens has more to offer than satire. Tulathimutte’s protagonists appear as horrified by themselves – and their world – as we are.
The book, like the boy, moves ever outward – from the intimate towards an expanded focus that takes in the whole of Icelandic society.
With Lincoln in the Bardo, Saunders builds a pristine ‘sick-box’ of language only to tear it down, leaving us exposed and confused, ‘blundering’ artlessly ‘across all divides.’
In Ian McEwan’s brilliantly realised latest novel, Prince Hamlet literally does find himself ‘bounded in a nutshell’, or rather, a womb.
Some of Doctorow’s most notable short fiction has been re-released in this new edition. Unfortunately, his qualities as a novelist do not translate into satisfying stories.
Multiple authors agonise over how to tell their children that people will see them as less human because of their skin colour.
This collection, Lawson’s debut, is comprised of ‘Virgin’ and five other stories that centre around sex, repression and the aftermath of abuse.
Fish in Exile is that rare thing: a piece of art that transports you to an atmosphere you’ve never breathed.
In Moonglow, Michael Chabon gives us the gift of his grandparents: two uniquely flawed people who love each other deeply and who can’t seem to get out of their own way.
Smith skillfully details the developing childhood friendship between the unnamed narrator and Tracey, two mixed-race girls brought together by a love of dance that transcends the boundaries of time, place, culture and race.
The most striking feature of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is the intense and unyielding brutality of the world in which his characters struggle, and frequently fail, and usually die.