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...

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing | The Young Vic

Aoife Duffin reprises her one-woman performance for the production's London début. In Annie Ryan’s adaptation of Eimear McBride’s 2013 novel, A Girl is a Half-Formed...

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...

The Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence at Somerset House, 27 January – 3 April 2016 The Museum of Innocence offers the visitor a little corner of 1970s Istanbul, hidden...

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

In keeping with the current vogue for entwining fact and fiction, Julian Barnes’s latest novel is a fictionalised account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s un-easy relations...

Auerbach’s Intimitable Magic

When Frank Auerbach first came to public notice – emerged rather than burst – in the 1950s he was noted as a “British Expressionist”...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

‘hypnotic delight’: Macbeth at the Young Vic

Three lunatic dollies jerk and prance in dub-step; they suck their fingers (or are they Raspberry Mivvis?), they entice and threaten, they are Sirens...

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...

The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

Do we really need another history of France when Amazon already carries so many?  This one is on the two centuries since Waterloo, making...

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...

white – a project by Edmund de Waal

white - a project by Edmund de Waal at The Royal Academy of Arts until 3 January 2016 White has obsessed Edmund de Waal since he made his...

Physical by Andrew McMillan

Andrew McMillan’s debut collection Physical opens with an epitaph taken from one of the often overlooked novels of Hilda Doolittle, better known as H.D.,...

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Lauded as a subversive masterpiece, pegged as a favourite to win The Man Booker Prize and one of the best-selling novels of 2015, A Little...

Happiness by Jack Underwood

‘Sometimes your sadness is a yacht’ is the title of the fourth poem in Jack Underwood’s recently published collection Happiness. Highlighting early on in...

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The publication of a writer’s twentieth novel is, surely, a monumental occasion. Especially if the novel, which the writer has hinted might be her...

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...

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