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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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