While the novel ostensibly tells two stories, it gradually builds to brilliantly portray the human interdependency that an entire nation is built upon.
The titular room of Francesca Kay’s third novel refers not to the Old Library of Trinity College, but to a ministerial office in early 1980s London.
A Brief History of Seven Killings is the Booker-winning third novel by Jamaican writer Marlon James. It forms around a sprawling and messy plot that centres on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976.
Samantha Hunt’s third novel, Mr. Splitfoot, is a modern day gothic about hucksterish faith-peddlers, haunted spaces, and the fetishising of the freakish.
The slim volume at first seems slight, but its eerie, powerful evocation of postwar Paris continues to resonate long after it has been put down.
Marceline Loridan-Ivens’ memoir is a devastating account of her life as a Jewish survivor of WWII.
Enrique Vila-Mata’s new novel, The Illogic of Kassel, is a fascinating, sometimes genius, work which pulls the piss out of modern art while sincerely examining its place and value in our tottering contemporary world.
Joy Williams does not like being asked glibly by readers to ‘capture the American experience.’ To say anything of America, she warns darkly, the writer must ‘write with a pen – in Mark Twain’s phrase – warmed up in hell’.
Slade House is never less than thoroughly entertaining. It’s as if Nick Hornby had rewritten Rosemary’s Baby to make it more, you know, English.