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    February 18, 2014

    Roger Angell and the secret of happiness

    Roger Angell is 93-years old. His body has “become sort of a table potato”. He is “a world-class complainer”. And his essay...

  2. December 27, 2013

    Roth Unbound, by Claudia Roth Pierpoint

    Roth Unbound: A Writer and his Books, by Claudia Roth Pierpoint, Jonathan Cape, RRP£25/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, RRP$27,...

  1. March 15, 2013

    My interference gene awakes ...

    Some things are just plain wrong: taxi drivers who try to come in with you; perfume for newborns; using a hot cross bun as a...

  2. March 15, 2013

    Philip Roth and the Nobel Prize in Literature

    In 2011 Philip Roth was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. In the lead-up to an intimate...

  3. March 1, 2013

    Philip Roth and Zlatan Ibrahimović

    The best footballer’s autobiography of recent years is probably I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović. In it, the Swedish striker recounts...

  4. February 17, 2013

    R B Kitaj: Obsessions – Jewish Museum, London & Pallant House, Chichester

    How good was Kitaj? The reputation of almost every artist dips in the decade after his death, but for Kitaj, events leading...

  5. October 19, 2012

    On the love trampoline

    Country Girl: A Memoir, by Edna O’Brien, Faber, RRP£20, 352 pages Towards the end of Edna O’Brien’s wonderful new memoir,...

  6. April 13, 2012

    Small talk: David Park

    Born in Belfast in 1953, David Park taught English in secondary schools for 34 years before retiring two years ago. He...

  7. 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...

  8. January 27, 2012

    Universal dilemmas

     What We Talk about When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, RRP£12.99, 224 pages In “The...

  9. 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...

  10. November 11, 2011

    Unpacking my library

     Gary Shteyngart Author of: ‘Super Sad True Love Story’ Lives: Manhattan I’m big on sniffing books. The old Soviet ones...

  11. October 8, 2011

    Nemesis

    Having failed the army medical because of his weak eyes, Bucky Cantor is organising sports for his New Jersey...

  12. September 23, 2011

    The war on error

    Christopher Hitchens is living in what Philip Gould, the New Labour pollster and author of The Unfinished Revolution,...

  13. June 24, 2011

    Life after ‘Nemesis’

    In 1960 Philip Roth won the National Book Award, America’s prestigious literary prize, for his first book, Goodbye Columbus....

  14. 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,...

  15. October 22, 2010

    The power to provoke

    Hanif Kureishi Harold Pinter is a writer I have enjoyed and loved since I was a teenager, coming up from Bromley on the...

  16. October 11, 2010

    Nemesis

    Nemesis, by Philip Roth, Jonathan Cape RRP£16.99, 280 pages Philip Roth’s fifth short novel in five years is a perfectly...

  17. September 13, 2010

    The Humbling

    The Humbling, by Philip Roth, Vintage RRP£7.99, 160 pages Famous actor Simon Axler suddenly loses his mojo and despairs of...

  18. August 27, 2010

    The Finkler Question

    The Finkler Question, by Howard Jacobson, Bloomsbury RRP£18.99, 307 pages Howard Jacobson’s novels are invariably concerned...

  19. July 31, 2010

    Small Talk: Bret Easton Ellis

    Bret Easton Ellis was five years old when he knew he was going to be a writer. At the age of 21 he published his first...

  20. November 7, 2009

    The Humbling

    The Humbling By Philip Roth Jonathan Cape £12.99, 140 pages FT Bookshop price: £10.39 What would have happened if the...

  21. 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...

  22. October 12, 2009

    The Suicide Run

    The Suicide Run: Five Tales of the Marine Corps By William Styron Random House £14.99, 208 pages FT Bookshop price: £11.99...

  23. September 7, 2009

    Indignation

    Indignation By Philip Roth Vintage £7.99, 233 pages FT Bookshop price: £6.39 Fleeing the strictures of his neurotic father,...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. November 8, 2008

    'For some, race is a battle already won'

    Her novels cover the great themes of human existence - love, betrayal, race, slavery. Margaret Atwood calls her one of the...

  28. November 7, 2008

    Lunch with the FT: Toni Morrison

    Her novels cover the great themes of human existence – love, betrayal, race, slavery. Margaret Atwood calls her one of the...

  29. October 10, 2008

    French writer's Nobel prize

    Novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio was yesterday awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. He is the first French-born...

  30. September 27, 2008

    Exit Ghost

    Exit Ghost by Philip Roth Vintage £7.99, 292 pages FT Bookshop price: £6.39 Nearly 40 years after the salacious impact of...

  31. September 20, 2008

    Indignation by Philip Roth

    Indignation By Philip Roth Jonathan Cape £16.99, 256 pages FT Bookshop price: £13.59 Indignation is Philip Roth’s best novel...

  32. August 9, 2008

    Films on release Nigel Andrews

    Elite Squad José Padilha 115 mins (18) It is tough being a Rio cop. At night you storm the favelas and massacre drug gangs....

  33. May 10, 2008

    Harlan Coben

    When Harlan Coben is close to finishing a novel he works for 24 hours at a time - sometimes writing the last 40 pages in a...

  34. May 10, 2008

    Small Talk: Harlan Coben

    When Harlan Coben is close to finishing a novel he works for 24 hours at a time – sometimes writing the last 40 pages in a...

  35. May 9, 2008

    Man under siege

    The Siege By Ismail KadareTranslated by David Bellos Canongate, £16.99, 328 pages FT bookshop price: £13.59 In 2005, the...

  36. April 18, 2008

    Humility and Harry Potter

    “We all know I’ve made enough money,” said J.K. Rowling, the author, in a courtroom in New York City this week. “That’s...

  37. March 15, 2008

    Foreskin’s Lament

    Foreskin’s Lament: A Memoir By Shalom Auslander Picador £12.99, 320 pages FT bookshop price: £10.39 At his Bar Mitzvah in...

  38. February 23, 2008

    How To Judge A Book By Its Cover

    Goodbye, Columbus and 5 Short Stories by Philip Roth Meridian Fiction 1959 Cover by Paul Rand The designer of this cover,...

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