• She Will Rock You! 20 Sep 19

    I’m always singing. I sing while I cook, while I do housework, while I drive to work. Not that I’m any good. I remember the day I realised I was never going to be the next Madonna, when I recorded... Read More

  • Something in the Madness of the Man 20 Sep 19

    I wonder what William Blake would make of Battersea’s swanky new blocks of apartments? So disconnected are they from the street and riverscape, it’s as if the developers and planners have given... Read More

  • Booker 2019: The Testaments 16 Sep 19

    The Testaments has a lot to live up to: the hype (it has been feverishly anticipated as ‘the literary event of the year’*); the ‘ferocious’ non-disclosure agreement signed by the Booker judges... Read More

  • Booker 2019: Girl, Woman, Other  11 Sep 19

    Girl, Woman, Other is Bernardine Evaristo’s eighth novel: a big, sprawling, ambitious piece of work, that takes the lives of twelve people – mostly women, mostly black, but of different age... Read More

  • Booker 2019: Quichotte 9 Sep 19

    Cervantes’ Don Quixote, a work frequently afforded the epithet ‘the first modern novel’, is a picaresque novel, the darling of the Golden Age, in which the wandering Quixote, maddened by a... Read More

  • It's High Time for Highclere 6 Sep 19

    Downton Abbey’s rebirth is providing a lesson in rich anticipation for a global fanbase of the most successful period drama ever created. When it returns next weekend – this time on the big... Read More

  • The Rise and Rise of the What-If World 6 Sep 19

    Global temperatures are rising, the political situation is febrile, extremism is on the march, and our newspapers are full of warnings about food and/or medicine shortages. Could there be a better... Read More

  • Booker 2019: The Man Who Saw Everything 4 Sep 19

    The novel opens with an argument about love. “It’s like this, Saul Adler: when I was twenty-three I loved the way you touched me, but when the afternoon slipped in and you slipped out of me... Read More

  • Booker 2019: Night Boat to Tangier 4 Sep 19

    It is night in the Spanish port of Algeciras in October 2018, and Irishmen Maurice and Charlie are staked out in the ferry terminal, waiting for the boat to Tangier, on which Maurice’s missing... Read More

  • Booker 2019: My Sister the Serial Killer 3 Sep 19

    Debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite structures her novel as a series of explosive journal entries that take us backwards and forwards in time in an exploration of morality and loyalty. The novel starts... Read More

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