After Orwell

We are missing a British writer to whom we can turn and learn from at moments of national consequence or crisis

Protest’s last stand?

A decade after millions marched against war in Iraq, what has happened to the idea of public protest? By Sam Leith

Lunch with the FT: Ian McEwan

Over wood-roasted sea bass and citron pressé, the novelist dubbed ‘England’s national author’ talks to Caroline Daniel about family secrets, the ‘madness’ of his upbringing and the oddness of his books being on his son’s school curriculum

Lunch with the FT

The spy who loved me

Ian McEwan’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ is a rich, multi-layered espionage novel of writers and spies and stories inside stories

Lives of the Novelists

John Sutherland’s idiosyncratic and erudite compendium of fiction writers’ biographies

The war on error

The author’s fierce certainties make for fine polemic but often obscure reality. Jason Cowley reviews his memoirs

By Light Alone

Adam Robert’s satire about the gulfs of understanding between rich and poor

Tretower to Clyro

Karl Miller’s collection dwells on place in contemporary British writing

In praise of feuds

Literary giants produce beauty, truth and good old fights

Collective thought

From Virginia Woolf to Hanif Kureishi: why do novelists write essays, and why do we read them?


The context of Ian McEwan’s novel is a flimsy proscenium for a turgid drama of sex and compromised integrity