Pearl by Simon Armitage

Simon Armitage’s new translation of the fourteenth-century poem Pearl follows his energetic 2008 translation of the same anonymous poet’s Sir Gawain and the Green...

Through by David Herd

David Herd begins his new collection Through with the line: ------It is possible to be precise. The wording-- “it is possible”-- is telling. Not promised, not...

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

The latest novelistic offering in Hogarth Shakespeare’s project to refashion the bard’s tales into contemporary retellings, Vinegar Girl compellingly revitalises one of Shakespeare’s most...

No Map Could Show Them by Helen Mort

No Map Could Show Them, Mort’s second collection, explores the narratives of Victorian and modern women –mountaineers, campaigners, runners – and considers, more broadly,...

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain by Barney Norris

What is ‘home’? A person? A place? A feeling of belonging? These are the questions that run through Barney Norris’s debut novel like a finely...

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The outer layer of your skin, the epidermis, replaces itself every 35 days. Become a vegetarian, better yet a vegan, and soon enough your...

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

What do we think of when we think of myths? For children, myths are something unquestionable and magical. They present a world removed from...

Measures of Expatriation by Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo said in a 2012 interview with Zannab Sheikh that ‘poetry is a form of concentration’. Her latest collection, Measures of Expatriation, puts...

The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

The opening pages of The Blade Artist read like the antithetical yoking of a delicate and diaphanous Stephen Daedalus-like epiphany and a sinister crime...

Aeneid Book VI by Seamus Heaney

Faber’s publication of Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid pays testament to the enduring poetic prowess of its translator. His posthumous connection...

Mothering Sunday By Graham Swift

… And could she disentangle it, the stuff she’d seen in her mind’s eye, from the actual stuff of her own life? In 1935, fleeing...

What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

In a museful snippet-cum-travelogue published by Lenny Letter earlier this month, Helen Oyeyemi detailed the auto-didacticism that characterized her first visit to Prague, where...

Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink

Callan Wink’s debut collection of stories stands as a promising start to a fine literary career. Some of the stories included here have deservedly...

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal is not a traditional novel but instead a set of three interconnected tales that take place over the course...

The Catch by Fiona Sampson

The cover image of Fiona Sampson’s seventh collection is bright and strange. Taken from photographer Charles Frèger’s Wilder Mann series (2010-11), it depicts a...

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

The American West has always been home to grifters and thieves, dreamers and doers. It has been a destination for the misfits, for the...

Shylock is My Name by Howard Jacobson

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Hogarth Shakespeare has commissioned a series of novels from high-profile authors. The series was inaugurated by...

Human Acts by Han Kang

Buried in the middle of Han Kang's Human Acts is a play that, like Kang's book, dramatises the democratic uprisings in Gwangju, South Korea,...

This Living and Immortal Thing by Austin Duffy

The somewhat neo-Yeatsian, almost mawkish-sounding title chosen for Austin Duffy's first novel is deceptively triumphalist. While the novel toys with the idea of the soul’s...

Several Deer by Adam Crothers

On the first page of Several Deer, the debut collection from the Northern Irish poet Adam Crothers, appears an epigraph from As You Like...

Public Library by Ali Smith

It seems somehow wrong that I now ‘own’ my copy of Public Library, Ali Smith’s fifth collection of short stories. For Smith, books are...

The Bonniest Companie by Kathleen Jamie

Walking and climbing in a landscape of clifftops, glens, summits and strands, the speaker in Kathleen Jamie’s subtle and assured seventh collection journeys through...

Cockfosters by Helen Simpson

If you dare to enter the murky world of short story criticism, you are likely to find yourself swamped by metaphors—florid, emotive, and frequently...

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson

There is a danger when a poet sets out to record the ‘numinous in the everyday’, as Neil Rollinson’s most recent collection Talking Dead...

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