On Writing Ethnic Stories | Haleh Agar

I was told to use my maiden name – Hassan-Yari, a name that usually meant extra questions at the customs queue but now would...

Review | Rainsongs, by Sue Hubbard

Sue Hubbard’s Rainsongs has a unique and beautiful emotive quality that shines through its delicately constructed prose in a love-letter to Ireland, memory and parenthood,...

Charles Dibdin – Christmas Gambols

Charles Dibdin (1745-1814) has a strong claim to be Britain’s first pop star. He became famous as a performer in the 1760s, then went...

Interview | Karen Ashton, founder of the Vauxhall Art Car Boot...

  This Sunday, the Art Car Boot Fair Pulls Back In To Vauxhall Back to its roots in the heart of South London, this year’s Vauxhall...

The Threepenny Opera

If you put on a production of Romeo and Juliet in Verona, how much does anyone care that the action is ostensibly set in...

The Red and Yellow Nothing by Jay Bernard

It is difficult to put a finger on the immediate aftermath of reading The Red and Yellow Nothing: there is puzzlement, rage, and wonder,...

My London by Tristram Fane Saunders

Home is a box on Coppermill Lane, caught in the crosshairs of Walthamstow High Street and Blackhorse Road. It’s a one-bed flat on two floors,...

A Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

I was reading Orhan Pamuk’s Snow in London recently, when a Scottish man stopped me to say how much he’d enjoyed it – ‘best book ever’, he...

The Lobster

If you were to be turned into an animal what animal would you choose? This question remains at the forefront of Yorgos Lanthimos’s first...

Macbeth

Scotland herself is the main character in this blood-soaked reimagining of Shakespeare's shortest tragedy. So enamoured is director Justin Kurzel of his Highland landscape...

Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots

Upon viewing Jackson Pollock’s 1951 solo show in which he debuted his now famed ‘black paintings’, friend and fellow painter Alfonso Ossorio commented that...

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

  Paterson is at his best when writing about heartbreak. “The Six,” this reviewer’s favourite piece in 40 Sonnets, speaks of a guitar picked up...

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

In 2009, Ursula K. Le Guin caused something of a stir in the science-fiction community by contradicting Atwood’s claim that her novels belonged to...

The New World by Chris Adrian & Eli Horowitz

The New World Chris Adrian & Eli Horowitz Granta, £12.99 (paperback) The New World opens grippingly by immersing the reader in the consciousness of Jane, a...

Iain Sinclair and Will Self on Walking London

I’ve got a new eternal certainty to file alongside death and taxes: if you walk around London enough, and you know what he looks...

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt

'Cheerily, then, as one making teatime conversation, she asked “do you yourself ever think of suicide?” Lucy pondered this. “No more than is customary,...

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

The Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood Bloomsbury, £18.99 Reworked from an e-serial, Atwood’s latest novel is as captivating and humorous as her previous work. The America inhabited...

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen likes big books. Each one of his critically acclaimed works are weighty door-stoppers but their tangible size in no way matches the...

My Salinger Year – Joanna Rakoff

‘"We need," she said, as I arranged myself in the chair across from her large wooden desk, "to talk about Jerry."’ Who’s Jerry? The...

An Interview with Calisi Press

In recent months Ferrante Fever has been catching. If you haven’t already heard of the anonymous Italian female author who’s achieved international acclaim, the...

Refugees by Manash Bhattacharjee

Refugees I know a thing or two about refugees – As a child I heard father say, “We were sleeping in the place we thought was our country, till the siren rang...

Dark Fairytale – Review of McQueen at the Theatre Royal Haymarket

McQueen Theatre Royal Haymarket Limited run from 19th August Reviewed by Lauren Hepburn It's been five years since Lee McQueen took his life. The exquisite dress worn by...

Defining the Unfinished – Works from The Courtauld Gallery

Unfinished…Works from The Courtauld Gallery Summer Showcase Special Display 18th June-20th September 2015 Unfinished masterpieces tend only to come to light upon the artist’s death,...

Ai Weiwei – A Man in the Way

Ai Weiwei, The Royal Academy of Arts, 19 September – 13 December 2015 I’m writing this in the run-up to Ai Wewei’s already much touted...

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