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  1. July 5, 2013

    The List: swimming pool novels

    It’s only a few weeks now before many of us will decamp to sit on the beach or beside a pool and immerse ourselves in the...

  2. June 14, 2013

    In brief

    Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson, Serpent’s Tail, RRP£8.99, 320 pages Alain...

  1. May 27, 2013

    Liberals provide the knee-jerks in today’s terror debate

    The novelist Martin Amis wrote that modern terrorism, with its uninhibited bloodlust, is better characterised as...

  2. May 24, 2013

    Martin Amis

    In a handsome brownstone house on a sleepy, tree-lined street in Brooklyn, Martin Amis is grappling with evil. No, not the...

  3. April 19, 2013

    After Orwell

    On the evening of Margaret Thatcher’s death, BBC2 broadcast a special edition of Newsnight. The novelist chosen to...

  4. April 19, 2013

    Meet Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists

    Granta 123: Best of Young British Novelists 4, edited by John Freeman, Granta, RRP£12.99/$16.99, 400 pages This week, after...

  5. April 15, 2013

    Granta unveils list of top young writers

    Women outnumber men for the first time in an influential list of the best young British novelists compiled by Granta, the...

  6. September 11, 2012

    Man Booker prize shortlist announced

    Will Self and Hilary Mantel are the favourites to win the 2012 Man Booker prize for fiction next month, though half the...

  7. July 13, 2012

    Stages of love and loss

    Ancient Light, by John Banville, Penguin Viking, RRP£16.99, 256 pages “Writers die twice,” Martin Amis observed when...

  8. June 8, 2012

    Pit bull nation

    Lionel Asbo: State of England, by Martin Amis, Jonathan Cape £18.99, 276 pages Martin Amis, the writer Brits mysteriously...

  9. March 10, 2012

    For good or bad, money is powerfully present among us

    From Mr Stephen Connolly. Sir, With commendable entrepreneurialism, John Lanchester hit a seam with the financial crisis of...

  10. February 10, 2012

    Finals countdown

    Noughties, by Ben Masters, Hamish Hamilton, RRP£12.99, 275 pages Ben Masters’ lively debut novel Noughties is thick with...

  11. February 3, 2012

    Wish you were here

    A Card from Angela Carter, by Susannah Clapp, Bloosmbury, RRP£10, 112 pages Soon after Angela Carter died in 1992 at the age...

  12. January 6, 2012

    The Diary: Sarah Sands

    I watch the hysteria of Kim Jong-il’s state funeral from Namibia, which thought more kindly of the crazy North Korean...

  13. December 16, 2011

    Essayist willing to go outside ideological comfort zone

    Christopher Hitchens defined areas of debate and conflict – on the intervention in Iraq, on religion, on the nature of US...

  14. November 4, 2011

    Martin Amis: The Biography

    In this first biography of Martin Amis, Richard Bradford finds two kinds of parallels “intriguing”, “fascinating” or, at the...

  15. The World

    October 13, 2011

    Letter from Mexico - tweets, literature and death

    Last month, gunmen dumped 35 dead bodies on the streets of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s busiest Gulf ports, just a short...

  16. 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...

  17. September 26, 2011

    How at last my fellow Italians fell out of love with Silvio

    Italians are fantasists. Reality’s not good enough for them. In his latest novel, The Pregnant Widow, Martin Amis describes...

  18. September 9, 2011

    Those televising history are doomed to repeat it

    “Last Tuesday’s date may not prove epochal,” Martin Amis wrote in mid-September 2001. It wasn’t a false prophecy so much as...

  19. 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...

  20. January 17, 2011

    Caribou Island

    Caribou Island, by David Vann, Penguin, RRP£8.99, 304 pages “Writing comes from the back of your mind, where thoughts are...

  21. December 3, 2010

    Fiction round-up

    Fiction The Pregnant Widow, by Martin Amis, Jonathan Cape RRP£18.99 When you look back at your life, you will think only of...

  22. October 30, 2010

    Unrest and opportunity

    ‘As well as being colourful and exciting, Bangkok is extremely central and you can get to most places in Asia within a few...

  23. September 23, 2010

    Foyles returns to profit

    Foyles, the independent book chain, has moved into profit after strong sales at its flagship bookstore on Charing Cross Road...

  24. September 1, 2010

    Literary establishment scorns ‘trite’ style

    Political travelogue: Tony Blair’s book, A Journey, on sale on Wednesday The publication of Tony Blair’s memoirs was met...

  25. July 27, 2010

    Carey in running for literary hat-trick

    The Australian novelist Peter Carey is in the running to win the Man Booker prize for an unprecedented third time after his...

  26. June 25, 2010

    Hang on every word

    Fiction Compiled by Ángel Gurría-QuintanaThe Pregnant Widow, by Martin Amis, Jonathan Cape RRP£18.99 Hailed as a return to...

  27. June 22, 2010

    Female first for University of Manchester

    The University of Manchester has for the first time appointed a woman to lead one of the UK’s leading academic institutions....

  28. May 21, 2010

    Hitch-22

    Christopher Hitchens at Victoria Falls in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1977 Hitch22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens,...

  29. April 6, 2010

    After the saviour, what happens next?

    Tanks and troops patrolled the streets. Air force jets and helicopters thundered overhead. But Colombia's guerrillas...

  30. April 6, 2010

    After the saviour, what happens next?

    Tanks and troops patrolled the streets. Air force jets and helicopters thundered overhead. But Colombia’s guerrillas...

  31. March 5, 2010

    Ian McEwan's climate-change comedy

    price: £15.19 Nothing annoys the British quite so much as success, and few writers have had as much of it in recent years...

  32. February 23, 2010

    Boomers rage against the dying of the light

    There has been much dark material put into the public debate this month concerning the fate of the baby boomers. That...

  33. February 22, 2010

    Boomers rage against dying of the light

    There has been much dark material put into the public debate this month concerning the fate of the baby boomers. That...

  34. January 2, 2010

    Literary lights ready to dazzle

    (From left) Andrea Levy, Joshua Ferris and Rose Tremain Last year was a difficult year for publishers and booksellers, but...

  35. October 24, 2009

    The Diary: Nicola Barker

    Almost as if he knew – aided by some vile, subterranean, doggy, sixth sense – that I had recently booked a one-week hiking...

  36. October 13, 2009

    Grotesquerie and garage rock

    "An Evening with Nick Cave" was partly a book reading, partly a Q&A session and partly a rock concert. It was also turning...

  37. October 12, 2009

    An Evening with Nick Cave, Palace Theatre, London

    “An Evening with Nick Cave” was partly a book reading, partly a Q&A session and partly a rock concert. It was also turning...

  38. May 28, 2009

    Act now to end poetic injustice

    My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains my sense. Something I ate, perhaps? Or is it growing unease at the shameful...

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