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    1. April 18, 2014

      ‘Updike’, by Adam Begley

      Updike, by Adam Begley, Harper, RRP£25/RRP$29.99, 576 pages “His schedule remained essentially the same for the next fifty...

    2. The World

      October 11, 2012

      Mo Yan: A reading list

      A poster of author Mo Yan, at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 11 (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/GettyImages) The 2012 Nobel Prize...

    1. April 6, 2012

      The night David Cameron came to visit

      I dreamed about David Cameron last night – and that was … well, disturbing. In my dream, the prime minister materialised in...

    2. January 28, 2012

      Tale of ‘Steeple Sinderby Wanderers’ and our other fine sporting novels

      From Mr Malcolm Hamer. Sir, In his article “States of play” (Life & Arts, January 21), Jason Cowley argues that British...

    3. January 20, 2012

      States of play

      In the summer of 2006, I spent six weeks in Germany on assignment to write about the World Cup for a British Sunday...

    4. October 7, 2011

      Instead of a Book

      Martin Amis once wrote that John Updike’s final achievement, had he lived a little longer, might have been “to make boredom...

    5. August 26, 2011

      The Submission

      It is a quirk of human nature that some events are of such epic proportions that it seems only fiction can make sense of...

    6. August 19, 2011

      House of Holes

      From the beginning of his career, the US novelist Nicholson Baker made it obvious that he was gripped by the detritus of...

    7. July 29, 2011

      Cometh The Hour, cometh the woman

      The Hour (BBC2 Tuesdays), now in its second week, is an exciting proposition – elegantly assembled, neatly plotted, and with...

    8. June 23, 2011

      Rowling casts spell on digital publishing

      JK Rowling has become the most successful author of modern times despite a long aversion to the most successful aspect of...

    9. May 18, 2011

      China: travel stocks flying high

      Developed economies are characterised by restlessness. As John Updike mused: “Most of American life consists of driving...

    10. March 7, 2011

      A Widow’s Story

      A Widow’s Story: A Memoir, by Joyce Carol Oates, Fourth Estate, RRP£20, 450 pages When Joyce Carol Oates’s husband, Ray,...

    11. October 29, 2010

      Spirit Control, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York

      Mayday: Brian Hutchison (left) and Jeremy Sisto The critic John Leonard once wrote that “almost everybody in a John Updike...

    12. August 25, 2010

      Wylie ends Random House feud

      Andrew Wylie, the powerful literary agent, has backed away from a confrontation with Random House over digital royalties,...

    13. July 28, 2010

      Publishers need to be more creative

      Let no one say that Andrew Wylie ignores where the money is.Mr Wylie, the agent who made his name by extracting large...

    14. June 26, 2010

      The List: Five memorable male mid-life crises

      In the fourth and latest Shrek film, Hollywood’s favourite green ogre grapples with a yearning for a less responsible time...

    15. October 19, 2009

      Last Night in Twisted River

      Last Night in Twisted River By John Irving Bloomsbury £20, 576 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.99 It’s not difficult to make...

    16. August 1, 2009

      Small Talk: Penelope Lively

      In her prolific 40-year career, Penelope Lively has written 29 books for children, 17 novels for adults and three...

    17. July 29, 2009

      Soothing telecoms investors

      Although Vodafone's directors were criticised by one investor at its annual meeting yesterday as "subprime", the presence of...

    18. July 11, 2009

      My Father’s Tears and Other Stories

      My Father’s Tears and Other Stories By John Updike Hamish Hamilton £18.99 292 pages FT Bookshop price: £15.19 When John...

    19. January 28, 2009

      Rabbit at Rest

      All great writers are immortal. Some, though, are more immortal than others. John Updike, who died this week aged 76, will...

    20. January 28, 2009

      Authentic voice of American suburbia

      John Updike, the great chronicler of middle-class America, died yesterday from lung cancer. He was 76. One of the world's...

    21. January 27, 2009

      US novelist John Updike dies

      John Updike, the great chronicler of postwar America, died on Tuesday from lung cancer. He was 76. One of the world’s most...

    22. January 24, 2009

      Films on release Nigel Andrews

      Milk Gus Van Sant 128 mins (15) A masterclass on how a political biopic can become humane, encompassing cinema. Harvey...

    23. December 5, 2008

      The reading year: Fiction

      In fiction, 20 years after Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses was published, the next generation of south Asian voices...

    24. November 29, 2008

      The reading year

      A big year in politics is a big year in publishing. A mass of books accompanied the US election and Beijing Olympics, while...

    25. November 28, 2008

      The reading year

      A big year in politics is a big year in the publishing world too. A mass of books accompanied the Beijing Olympics and US...

    26. November 24, 2008

      Due Considerations

      Due Considerations By John Updike Penguin £14.99, 703 pages In his modest preface, Updike notes a “customary geniality” to...

    27. October 25, 2008

      That old black magic

      In 1984, when John Updike's more than omniscient narrator recounted the strange doings of Jane Smart, Sukie Rougemont and...

    28. September 26, 2008

      Outside Edge: Hate, not love, speaks volumes

      France’s rentrée littéraire is always a blockbuster bunfight. Every autumn, as soon as the French public trickles back from...

    29. July 7, 2008

      The Story of a Marriage

      The Story of a Marriage By Andrew Sean Greer Faber £12.99, 195 pages FT Bookshop price: £10.39 It’s hard not to gush about...

    30. July 5, 2008

      Married to a stranger

      The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer Faber £12.99, 195 pages FT Bookshop price: £10.39 It's hard not to gush about...

    31. March 29, 2008

      Nell Freudenberger on 'Watermelon Pickle'

      For my 12th birthday, my mother gave me a poetry anthology called Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle* The authors...

    32. January 5, 2008

      Selected Essays

      Selected Essays by Gore Vidal Abacus £10.99 FT bookshop price: £8.79 Selected indeed. A book this size is nowhere near big...

    33. December 1, 2007

      Fear in the margins

      Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism By John UpdikeHamish Hamilton £30, 736 pages FT bookshop price: £24 At an age “when...

    34. September 22, 2007

      Living in fear of auntie gift shame

      It's 3am and I'm wide awake because I don't know what to give my niece for her 15th birthday this Saturday. I've been...

    35. September 22, 2007

      'The irony of my life'

      Iget writers to sign their books," says Louis Auchincloss, reaching up to a shelf of immaculate first editions. Just shy of...

    36. September 21, 2007

      Living in fear of auntie gift shame

      It’s 3am and I’m wide awake because I don’t know what to give my niece for her 15th birthday this Saturday. I’ve been...

    37. September 21, 2007

      ‘The irony of my life’

      I get writers to sign their books,” says Louis Auchincloss, reaching up to a shelf of immaculate first editions. Just shy of...

    38. August 25, 2007

      Terrorist

      Terrorist by John Updike Penguin £7.99, 310 pages FT bookshop price: £6.39 The title of the book says it all - John Updike...

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