States of play

From Updike, Roth and DeLillo to Chad Harbach, American novelists have never been afraid to tackle sport. But, asks Jason Cowley, will British authors ever take it seriously?

Instead of a Book

In her collected correspondence to poet Edward Field, editor Diana Athill documents her dotage with affecting candour

The Submission

A deeply thoughtful first novel attempts to make sense of the September 11 attacks

House of Holes

Ovid meets the Teletubbies in a raunchy new novel, reviewed by Amit Chaudhuri